My father, Lee Jordan, was instrumental in the formation of the Knik Little League in 1963.
He was honored fifty years later during the league’s opening day ceremonies, and he felt highly honored thereafter to say a few words or throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Lee passed away last New Year’s Eve. It was with great pride that my brother and I stood in his place when the league kicked off their 2019 season.
However, what motivated me to write this letter was the extra effort that was dedicated to my father’s memory. My mother was not able to attend, so I visited her afterwards to describe the event. I told her about the moving tribute that Mrs. Mullen read to the audience, and I told her about the new sign on the centerfield fence that has my dad’s name and the years of his birth and death inscribed within a baseball. Mom was deeply touched, but the tears came when she learned that 550 local young athletes will run out onto the field this season wearing a baseball-shaped patch on their right shoulder reading LEE JORDAN, 1930-2018.
I am so impressed with the quality and depth of this totally volunteer organization. I’ve been involved with youth sports my entire life and I know an exceptional program when I see one. Considering the inspirational leadership of Pat and Sandra Mullen, the hard work of their board of directors and committee leads, and their dedicated parental support, it’s no wonder Knik has made a national impact on Little League baseball.
On behalf of my dad and my extended family, I offer our sincere, heartfelt gratitude.