KEISSER: Thinking of you, Coach Herbold

KEISSER: Thinking of you, Coach Herbold

There are 20 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Dec 24, 2009, titled KEISSER: Thinking of you, Coach Herbold. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

John Herbold, shown here coaching at Cal State Los Angeles, had success at Poly and Lakewood as well.

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Robert Macias

Mesa, AZ

#1 Dec 24, 2009
Great article! Even though I played at rival Wilson, Coach Herbold was very instrumental in my carrer. You see, then head baseball coach at Oral Roberts University, Larry Cochell called John to ask about a couple of local pitchers as he had a scholarship open up after one of his players at ORU was drafted and chose to sign. The two players were myself and Joe Plummer of St. Anthony, John was very instrumental in getting Coach Cochell to offer me a full scholarship to Oral Roberts, apparently singing my praises. I thanked John after Coach Cochell told me the story. He has touched many lives, and whether you loved playing for him or hated playing agianst him you always respected him as a great coach. I still have a copy of the letter of recommendation that he wrote for me when I applied for and received a teaching job at Poly High School in 1989. My prayers are with John and his family. May God Bless you.

Robert Macias
Wilson High School Class of 1977
Lakewood Class of 1972

United States

#4 Dec 25, 2009
"...air bag, cantankerous and compassionate, scrupulous..." yeah that describes John. He was tough on his players, but he provided results.

I miss Hebold's Hustlers and all the ranting that came from John during games. He has a brilliant background and I still look for him every day I'm in Lakewood.
Thank You

Hesperia, CA

#5 Dec 26, 2009
The value of ones life is measured by its impact on other lives. Coach Herbold you have impacted thousands of lives you have touched and made better because of you.

From the players you coached who are now coaches still teaching your values today of success through hard work, attention to detail, and being pushed to the their limits to be the best. Your players were taught to play the game the right way and play hard every inning.

From the players you coached who are now teachers,
dentists, writers, coaches, fathers, husbands, and many other professionals who now pass on what values you instilled in your players onto others.

Coach, the stories you told and stories about you can fill many pages of many books. Your players, opposing coaches, umpires, scouts, parents, friends
all have their favorite Coach Herbold story they can tell about you as a one of kind coach.

Your articles like this one touched those that read them
http://www.collegiatebaseball.com/columnists/...

Your crazy flat bats, sliding with water in cups,
crooked bats on nets, learning to field balls with dust pans taught so many players how to play through your summer camps in Lakewood Herbold Hustlers and a book you wrote.
Illustrated guide to championship baseball
by John O. Herbold Published in 1967, Parker Pub. Co.(West Nyack, N.Y)

You once were in Life Magazine the showed how you did things a little different than all those other coaches.
http://tinyurl.com/ya3p3xx

A former player and writer wrote of the dinner where many of your former players last saw you
http://tinyurl.com/2uobmr

A Coach, Teacher, Marine, Author, Columnist, Father and Husband. Thank you Coach we all wish you and your family well during the holiday season and may God bless you every day.
Lakewood Baseball History

Norwalk, CA

#6 Dec 26, 2009
John Herbold was a brutal bully. He always bragged about being a Phi Beta Kappa but some how never understood what Napoleon Complex meant.
jackrabbit_oskew owow

Salinas, CA

#8 Dec 26, 2009
You should have stopped at the Christmas greeting. Why, in this TMZ tainted world do you think you have the right to know anything about someone's private physical or mental condition, especially when the family has "politely declined" your request to write an article? Did you feel you had the right to contact Rita Hayworth because you saw one of her movies?
Did you badger Nancy Reagan because you were a U.S. citizen when he was President? If John Herbold isn't up to having visitors, then that's the family's decision. Let me put it this way, John Herbold's friends KNOW how he is...the fact that you are out of the loop speaks volumes.
I hope that if you quietly and privately try to get a couple dozen baseballs to someone whose family has declined your offer, someone slaps you with a restraining order.
Dave Pina LHS BB Alumni

Phoenix, AZ

#9 Dec 28, 2009
Bob, You would need more than a couple of dozen baseballs! The turnout at his dinner wasn't unbelievable, because he deserved it plus more, but it was standing room only as the banquet room was full and a few who hadn't RSVP'd decided to show up and had to stand in the back. The microphone went around the room and several former players spoke about what he meant to us then and now. It reminded me of the movie "Mr. Holland's Opus". Thanks for the article, another testimonial I can forward to my parents, who know him well, and my son, who I wish knew him at all.
JOE BUTLER

AOL

#10 Dec 29, 2009
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BASEBALL MINDS I'VE EVER MET. THIS IS A GUY GUY WHO GAVE MYSELF A CHANCE TO PLAY AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL WHEN I WAS NOT HIGHLY RECRUITED,I WAS HIS VERY 1ST RECRUIT AT CSLA. I LOVE THIS MAN AND HIS FAMILY.
THIS IS A MAN WHO WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
JOE BUTLER,PRO SCOUT FOR THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Gary Stu LHP CSULA 92-95

Thailand

#11 Dec 30, 2009
Thank You for the post. I played for Coach Herbold, I learned from Coach Herbold. He took a few of us players to watch an Angels game, we left with an education on the game of baseball. From that point on watching baseball has never been the same. For those who read this then you will understand what the following numbers mean: 10-80-10!
That is your legacy Coach Herbold......10-80-10!
Lakewood Baseball

Cerritos, CA

#12 Dec 31, 2009
I was a "stat girl" at LHS from 1980-82 and also worked for Coach Herbold summers at Herbold's Hustlers, or as he called it, "the baseball school". He offered me my first job, as a ticket taker at Blair Field during American Legion and Connie Mack Leagues and honed my love of baseball that continues to this day.
He showed up at my wedding, unannounced and lovely gift in hand, because he heard from someone that I was getting married. During the receiving line he asked me "does this guy play ball?" (He didn't, my mistake, it didn't last.) John said he wouldn't hold it against me.
I attended the dinner in his honor, and even though it had been nearly 20 years, he remembered me immediately. We had a nice chat and took pictures before he moved on to the next person who's life he had touched. It was wonderful to see some of the guys and relive those high school memories, much better than our class reunions.
John Herbold taught me everything I know about baseball, and much about life. Bob, I'd love to sign one of those baseballs...
God bless John and his family.
Lakewood Baseball History

Norwalk, CA

#13 Dec 31, 2009
He showed up at my wedding, unannounced and lovely gift in hand, because he heard from someone that I was getting married.

Dear Lakewood Baseball,You mean he was not invited, did he bring his wife? Typical egomaniac, oh please look at me “ John Herbold”. What a classless dolt. I’m sure he thought he was making your wedding great just by showing up and having everyone enjoy his presents.
a fan

United States

#14 Jan 5, 2010
i went to wilson with herbold's daughter; they thought it best she go there since her dad was larger than life at lakewood and what guy would be brave enough to date her? nicest family...loved spending time at their house...coach was huge...you'd better mind your manners and your grammar or he'd point it out..if you were a brat or a punk, god help your soul, but if you were a stand up kid who was doing his best, he was your ace in the hole. he made it very clear what he expected from kids and he was very encouraging to me when i told him i wanted to become a teacher. i did, too...heroes like herbold helped me stay the course and remember the right thing. my prayers are with the family...shelly, you will always be his girl!
Stephen De Witt

Whittlesea, Australia

#15 Mar 24, 2010
JOE BUTLER wrote:
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BASEBALL MINDS I'VE EVER MET. THIS IS A GUY GUY WHO GAVE MYSELF A CHANCE TO PLAY AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL WHEN I WAS NOT HIGHLY RECRUITED,I WAS HIS VERY 1ST RECRUIT AT CSLA. I LOVE THIS MAN AND HIS FAMILY.
THIS IS A MAN WHO WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
JOE BUTLER,PRO SCOUT FOR THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX
***
John Herbold mentored me in my younger years of baseball coaching back in the mid 80s and an promoted me along my baseball coaching career that lead me to Australia over 20 years ago. A lot of my programs are based with putting the fun of fundamentals as he taught so diligently and thoroughly. I am researching a contact address for John so I can send him my baseball game reports from the other side of the world for his enjoyment and let him know I am one of many who appreciated his life teachings and baseball. As for Joe Butler, a class individual whose last college at bat for CSULA was a grand slam over the right center field fence. It is great to read that Joe is still involved with baseball. Cheers Stephen De Witt
Lori Woodward

Salem, NH

#16 Oct 8, 2010
John Herbold was my English teacher at Lakewood High School in the 1970's. I grew up with a single mom, who never graduated from high school, and Mr. Herbold was a father figure to me.

He taught me how to write and use grammar correctly. I am now a published writer for art publications, and I have Herbold to thank for it.

While his manner was gruff -- calling his English students by their last name -- as a coach would, his heart was kind and he gave his all when it came to education. This is true whether it be baseball or English. I believe his degree at Stanford was in Journalism.

He produced 26 professional baseball players by the time I graduated. I remember him saying, "If you call a girl for a date, and she answers,'This is her', hang up.
wm chamberlain

United States

#17 Jan 1, 2011
I was a Wilson guy who grew to admire and respect Coach Herbold. In the winter and prior to spring training, many professional players worked out at Lakewood High. Coach Herbold welcomed everyone whether they were former Lakewood players or not. He wanted his players to compete against the professional players presumably as a way for the high schoolers to see how they measured up. The professional players were free to work on their own "game" before and during the practices. Coach Herbold was especially pleased if you helped him manicure the field prior to practice, and if you were one of the fortunate ones, he would offer you a Dr. Pepper as a way of thanking you. Sharing a Dr. Pepper with the Coach was pretty cool! The memories of working out at Lakewood High with Coach Herbold and the other professional players is something I will always cherish. Thanks Coach!
LHS baseball 80

Dallas, TX

#18 Oct 31, 2011
The road to the top starts here....... You don't play baseball you work it........
We loved him, we hated him , we respected him !!!!! Nobody has had a bigger impact on my life than John herbold . I spent many hours with him both on and off the field..... LHS basebal, herbolds hustlers, tournaments, clinics, and Thursday lunches at babes kitchen. I made probably the biggest mistake of my life in 1984 when he offered a coaching job at CSLA but I still wanted to play ( yeah that didn't work out) however over the years his teaching has been shared through me to many kids. Words could never be enough thank you. But... THANKS !
LHS baseball 80

Dallas, TX

#19 Oct 31, 2011
Dear Lakewood baseball ,
Hi secret sis , from a fellow herbold hustler
Mike Moore

Lake Forest, CA

#21 Jan 15, 2014
Just thinking about Coach Herbold and came across this article. Played for him at Lakewood and CSLA,. No on taught the game better and taught us how to be men on top of it all ...I owe him so much. Where are you Joe Butler! Great seeing your name
Tom Johnson

Dana Point, CA

#22 Jan 19, 2016
I played for THE COACH at CSULA. He had a tremendous impact on my life and coaching career. I was able to pass along his ideas to thousands. "Don't settle for mediocrity". "Nuts!"
Fart news

United States

#23 Jan 20, 2016
Best farts
Larry Welch

San Diego, CA

#24 May 17, 2016
I've been teaching for 30 years. On the first day of school I take my 7th grade History students to the cyclone fence, throw a handful of grass into it, identify the 1 that ALWAYS sticks, then challenge them to be that 1 blade that is the difference-maker; the one that finds a cure for cancer; the one we can whole-heartedly vote for as the leader of our nation. Sound familiar? Lakewood '81, CSULA Assistant Coach '89-90. Larry Welch

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