The Stocks, a local family that has been participating in the Boonville Little League Baseball, were recognized for their fourth generation of playing in the sport. At the recognition, held Thursday night at Harley Park, Mike Watts, the Vice President of the Cal Ripken baseball league, invited the Stock family to the field.
Watts named off the family from the oldest playing member to the youngest and and said what teams each elder Stock family members had played on and coached.
"We are celebrating our 60th year of playing baseball in the league, and after going through the history books, we found that the Stock's family is the only one that has been involved for four generations. It was an enjoyable moment for everyone involved and I was pleased to tell everyone about the Stock's and their decades involvement in the league," Mike Watts said.
It all started in 1961 when Louis Stock began coaching the Midland Truckers little league team. His sons and nephews then grew up to play in the league as well as coach and manage different teams.
"It was really neat to be recognized by the league and to be apart of a little local history; it's cool to know our family has been there since the beginning. I enjoy teaching the kids all the fundamentals and skills of the sport and then allowing everyone on the team to participate and play ball," third generation family member, Christian Stock said.
Christian now is the manager for the C&R Market baseball team and he is also the assistant coach for Rick Ball Auto Mall. As a child, he, along with his cousin Mike Stock played for the Boonville Daily News baseball team and then they also played for Price Chopper.
Mike Stock is now the coach for the A-Bow-K Little League Team and he has also been involved in playing baseball for many years.
"I love coaching the kids all about the sport and watching them as they progress. It's awesome to see them hit their first ball and get their first score," Mike Stock said.
Since the entire Stock family still resides in the local area, they are hoping to soon be the fifth generation involved in the sport.