4.11.2014: 2014 Ceremonial First PitchUpdated Wednesday January 7, 2015 by SLL.
Members of the Balcom Family will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2014 Smithfield Little League season in recognition of the many contributions of the late David Balcom who passed away last year.
David Balcom was a member of Smithfield Little League from 1973 until his passing in 2013. During his 40 years of service to the league, he selflessly gave of his time through a variety of positions including: manager, coach, all-star manager, all-star coach and assistant equipment manager. He was honored as Smithfield Little League Man of the Year in 2009, an award presented to an individual who works tirelessly in support of the league and its players.
Three of David’s children, Rick, Joe and Tom, played in the league from 1972-1980. After his children finished playing, David's involvement in the league continued. He possessed a great love of the game and ensured that the players had access to well-maintained and safe fields.
David was a U.S. Marine Veteran who worked for the Town of Smithfield for 25 years, retiring as the recreation department supervisor. In this role, he took great pride in properly maintaining playing fields in town and could often be found on his own time, after a long day at work, tending to the town’s baseball, softball, soccer and other fields. He worked indefatigably day and night to ensure that fields in the town were in the best possible playing condition for the kids.
As the recreation department supervisor, he was an integral part of the team that rebuilt the Whipple Complex, Mendes Field and Burgess Field. The development of Deerfield Park, including the creation of a War Memorial at that location, was one of many endeavors to benefit and for the enjoyment of the children of Smithfield.
Later, David would once again enjoy a personal connection with Smithfield Little League as his grandchildren, Raymond Gaule and Nathan Balcom played in the league; Nicholas Capalbo, another grandson, currently plays on the Smithfield Lion’s Majors team.
Smithfield Little League is honored to welcome David’s wife, Claire; and grandsons and former league players Raymond Gaule and Nathan Balcom to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2014 season. Grandson Nicholas Capalbo will catch one of the first pitches.