Brightest gem on baseball field

Ah, Bill Dod: 49 years coaching high school baseball and still into it, still helping kids develop their skills and learn teamwork. And at least one more to go.

Dod will return next season to coach the Souhegan High School baseball team that he’s coached since the school opened in 1992. Before that, he coached at Milford Area Senior High School. He came there from Bishop Guertin.

So, Dod’s been around, and every place he’s coached, he’s left a legacy of good teams and good feelings.

Reporters who dealt with Dod over the years found him frank, but never harsh. While he might criticize his team, he isn’t the sort to publicly criticize a player. He always respected the teenagers he coached, and they respected him.

When he was in Milford, each season Dod would provide color photos of every player on every team to The Cabinet, and that was a gift to us because it meant we always had a photo to go with a story. Somebody scored the winning touchdown? Pull one of Dod’s photos. He wanted the kids to get as much credit as possible, and to see their photos in the paper.

In Tom King’s story about Dod in last week’s Cabinet, King intimated that he believes next season, Dod’s 50th coaching baseball, will be his last. Dod wouldn’t confirm that, and who can blame him? This way, if he decides 51 sounds like a nice number, he doesn’t have to change his mind. All he has to do is coach.