EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) - Buddy Schultz's future was born on a Little League baseball diamond in East Cleveland, Ohio.
That early experience propelled him onto a high school state championship team, paved the way for a college career at Miami of Ohio and got him a 5-year gig as a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals.
So he's working to bring long-absent Little League baseball back to his Ohio hometown. The new, non-profit East Cleveland Baseball Charities will pay for balls, bats, gloves and a safe field.
The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports that Schultz was in the area last week from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., to meet with charity board members.
Parks and Recreation Director Greg Bell says it's been more than two decades since there was an active Little League in the city.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com