Tribute To Elaine Miles

By David A. Himmelstein

The Arizonabaseball community will forever regard January 7, 2005 as a day ofmourning.  Elaine Miles, wife of Jerry Miles and co-founder and former executive director of the Baseball Coaches Association will be missed.

Elaine is remembered for her continuous support and commitment to baseball.   Whether she was bundled up watching a cold, wet game or keeping score on the sunniest of afternoons, Elaine was a strong presence at countless games. Her vibrant spirit brought smiles to many players, but it was Elaine'sdedication and pride for the coaching staff that set her apart from the averagefan.

Driven to bring the deserved recognition to high school baseball, Jerry and Elainepartnered together to create the BCA. It was Elaine who used her positive attitude and persuasion to create such a successful organization. Jerry recalls, Elaine was not afraid to take on a big task.   Whether paperwork needed to be done, orshe had to pull long hours, she would never complain.   She always loved to see the finished product. Stories of Elaine and her commitment to baseball are easily recounted; coupled with a hot dog and hot chocolate, it was obvious that rain or shine, she was there until the last pitch.

In 2002, Elaine was awarded Female Amateur Athlete of the Year from USA Baseball, a feat she humbly accepted with pride. It was never about recognition for Elaine, even though her surrounding community knew she was more than worthy. Perhaps the best compliment on Elaine's dedication and devotion was delivered by Alan Matthews, who sat withJerry and Elaine at the National Classic. When Elaine took a restroom break, Alan turned to Jerry and stated, Manalive! If I could find a woman like Elaine-who just loves baseball-I wouldn'tcare about anything else.   I just wouldn't care.  That is a specialgal!   Jerry had always considered himself a lucky man, but upon hearing others high regard for his wife, he was overcome with pride.  Elaine was hisstrength- a supportive and loving partner, full of passion and a fiery sense ofhumor.

A legend has left us, but her legacy remains.

Dear Family and Friends

On Friday January 7, 2005, we lost Elaine. Wordscannot express the loss we feel at this time.

Our beautiful redhead is gone.

She was a courageous fighter against a horrid disease,shich didn't stop her from the loves of her life, family, friends, Buddy the cat and baseball.

Elaines love of life is our strength to go forward and carry her spirit. There may be one empty seat in the bleachers at baseball games but never in our hearts. She will always be with us.

To honor Elaines wishes, there will be no memorial service. Friends and relatives are asked to have moment of silence to recognize her wonderful life.

Because of her love of nature and animals, a giftmay be made to your local animal rescue organizations in lieu of flowers.

Jerry and Craig