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Remembering a Local Legend

10:06 PM, Jul 17, 2013   |    comments
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Legendary Orchard Park baseball coach Bob Barrows passed away on Tuesday.

He's being remembered as much more than a baseball coach.

Barrows took over the varsity program at Orchard Park in 1960 and the results speak for themselves.

24 division titles, seven sectional titles, along with a state championship.  In all he led the Quakers to an amazing 643 career wins.

When you talk to those that knew him, they speak of far more than wins and losses.  They speak of a leader, mentor, and friend.

2-On-Your-Side's Dick Gallagher says he had a profound impact on the lives of many.

"He was a wonderful man... a class act. He was a mentor, a role model, and he gave 100-percent to every one of those kids.  He was a father to some of them."

For that reason and others, Gallagher says his legacy will be one of respect.

"I think when Mariano Rivera and what transpired in the All-Star game it was all about respect.. I think that same word can speak volumes for Bob Barrow's life and legacy."

Barrows was inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

He was 79-years old.

 

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