Former Starkville High School baseball coach Danny Carlisle, left, will be an interested spectator this week as his son Randy and grandson Braden participate in the Dizzy Dean 10-year-old State Tournament at McKee Park. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Danny Carlisle has been around baseball most of his life, and even after retirement, he still finds room to support the game.
The recently retired Starkville High School head coach has many connections to this week's 10-year-old Dizzy Dean State Tournament at McKee Park in Starkville.
Carlisle has helped set up and run the tournament.
"I'm just being around and doing just a little bit of fiddling that I can," Carlisle said. "Ron Mitchell is running that thing for the most part."
Carlisle's grandson, Braden, plays for the Starkville team. After coaching many other people's grandsons, he will get to watch his own this weekend.
"I hope they play well," Carlisle said. "It will be hot but you just have to suck it up and go on. That's the life he chose."
Carlisle's son, Randy, is the coach of the 10-year-olds so it can be said that baseball might "run in the family."
"That will be different," Carlisle said. "I'll get to sit back in the shadows and watch him. I might think 'why did he do that.' I will have to catch myself and say 'he's the coach.' It will be fun."
Carlisle worked for 35 years for Starkville High School and was the head coach of the baseball team for 29 years. He won three state titles during his tenure.
Although, Carlisle had enjoyed much success with the Yellowjackets, and had a long ride as a head coach, he'll let Randy do it his way.
"Everybody has their different style of coaching," Carlisle said. "You have to be yourself. You can't try to imitate anybody or be what you're not."
Now that Carlisle is retired from coaching, he has had the opportunity to just be a fan. Having the reversed role is somewhat interesting to Carlisle.
"I enjoy being around it," Carlisle said. "I have watched several games this summer. I have been to Caledonia, Columbus and around. It's fun to be able to watch, to sit back and not have any type of pressure and to listen. It's better to be on the listening end rather than the receiving end. It will be fun to watch and see people. I like seeing people and watching baseball."
The tournament starts Thursday with the first game at 10 a.m. Starkville plays at 7 p.m. against Winona. The tournament will more than likely conclude on Monday.
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