Dell Bethel, Renaissance man: North R...

Dell Bethel, Renaissance man: North Ridgeville resident was pro ball...

There are 6 comments on the Chronicle-Telegram story from Jun 29, 2008, titled Dell Bethel, Renaissance man: North Ridgeville resident was pro ball.... In it, Chronicle-Telegram reports that:

Dell Bethel, Renaissance man: North Ridgeville resident was pro ball player, decorated soldier, author, coach and scout Michael Anderson The Chronicle-Telegram Dell Bethel, who died Thursday at age 78 after a ...

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Robert Carlson

United States

#1 Nov 11, 2008
I first met Del in sixth grade when he coached a bunch of sand lot kids to the Minneapolis Park Board Championship. Our uniforms were sweatshirts. One of the fathers bought some of the equipment the rest of the money came from garage sales run by some of the Mothers. We called our team the Eugene Field Dodgers. We learned how to slide into base after digging a sliding pit after we filled boxes full of saw dust and wood chips. We had to bike five miles to get the saw dust. Del knew the fundamentals of baseball. There are at least 10 kids who learned about baseball and the value of hard work from Del. We are all in our 70's now and ever so often some of us get together at the school to remember what it was like in a simpler time. God Bless Del Bethel.
Stanley Hoffman

Bothell, WA

#2 Mar 15, 2009
Mr Bethel was my Junior High PE teacher in Sunnyside WA from 1957 to 1960. We we proclaimed the 'most physical fit junior high in the nation' by some fitness mag in 1960. It was three years of PT under Mr Bethel the taught many of us the value of exercise, this set the tone for life in us. The was the most respected man in the district. He died June of 2008.
Noel Vazquez

Miami, FL

#3 Dec 4, 2009
I played for Coach Bethel during my senior year at City College of New York. He brought a new enthusiasm to our program and also gave us the opportunity to travel to Florida during spring break to prepare for the upcoming collegiate season. He also got me a small role in "Bang the Drum Slowly" with Robert DeNiro. He was an upbeat man with tremendous knowledge.....not just about baseball, but life as well. I would like to get in contact with him just to give him my thanks for being who he is.

Elyria, OH

#4 May 3, 2011
Dell was a great family friend and we love him and still miss him terribly.
Rob W

Plainfield, IL

#5 Jul 9, 2011
I played for Coach Bethel at North Ridgeville High School in Ohio. I've known very few men in my lifetime who knew more about baseball, with the most important lesson being to always respect the game.

Brunswick, OH

#6 Apr 23, 2012
Ashley wrote:
Dell was a great family friend and we love him and still miss him terribly.
I recently came across a baseball card he signed for me in 1995. Amazing man

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