The Butch Hughes Youth Baseball and Softball Foundation was established by the local American Legion Post 83 as a means to reduce or eliminate the cost to parents for their child to participate in the summer American Legion Baseball program.
A budget of $20,000 has been set to meet the needs of funding American Legion Baseball in 2021.
A unique coin has been minted and offered to donors for a $100 donation. Butch Hughes was a longtime baseball supporter in Merced, having been a player as a youth, a professional pitcher, the head coach at Merced College, and a pitching coach at Stone Ridge and Merced High, and for the Colorado Rockies.
Butch was also an outstanding member of the Merced Sunrise Rotary Club and focused on youth projects.
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