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May 29, 2013

Enfield has story to tell, team to run

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Enfield has coached baseball at Norman High, Norman North, Mustang and Southmoore. He’s run two of those programs, but summer ball is dear to his heart and he finally has summer team that represents the entirety of the area.

To facilitate his summer baseball dream, Enfield is not above creating, from scratch, the statewide framework required to place such a team within.

Remember the Pure Prairie League? That was Enfield’s invention and he had almost the whole state participating.

Right now, he’s the state director of the AABCOK, or the American Amateur Baseball Congress of Oklahoma. With headquarters in Farmington, N.M., the AABC is also the organizer of the Connie Mack World Series, which can draw up to 100,000 spectators over its week-long run in Farmington each August.

Additionally, Enfield is the commissioner of the Les Beckham League, a league of eight Connie Mack (18 and under) teams.

The AABC maybe the last summer baseball organization doing things right. Its teams play in leagues, then for state titles, then regionals and a world series, a far cry from so many travel teams that play nothing but pay-to-play tournaments with no history and no prestige no matter how big the trophy.

The AABC is healthy.

In addition to the Les Beckham League, many more Tulsa area teams are AABC sanctioned and eligible for postseason play.

In the state, there’s also an 18-team Sandy Koufax (14 and under) league in Northwest Oklahoma and a 10-team Sandy Koufax league in the Bartlesville area.

Enfield is running one league and overseeing others. Also, like Bud Selig when he still owned the Brewers, he’s operating a team in the Les Beckham league.

He won’t be in the dugout, but is general managing the Cleveland County Boomers. And of all the baseball pies Enfield has his fingers in, it’s the one nearest to his heart.

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