Youth Baseball Coaching

66 years later, Arlington Heights resident still coaching youth baseball on his namesake field - Chicago Tribune

Lloyd Meyer Field in Arlington Heights recently received new sod and regrading work, as park district officials hope to maintain a longer lasting field similar to the imprint its namesake has left on the community.

Decades ago, Arlington Heights resident Lloyd Meyer, 85, started coaching baseball for the American Legion Post 208 at the field in Recreation Park, 500 E. Miner St., after having played there himself. He would go on to coach eight players who eventually turned pro, as well as other student athletes, making three trips to the national championships and numerous state tournaments.

"I'm more of a teacher than a coach," Meyer said. "I'm a disciplinarian for the fundamentals, playing the game right, hustling. I'm very loud – either you play the game right or don't play it. I can't say that I've ever had more than two kids quit on me. I'm very firm but once I get their attention, then we win, then it's fun."

More than 300 games are played at Meyer...