was my Varsity baseball coach at Oviedo high school and he was one
of the most influential people I had during my young life.
had a way of inspiring people and bringing out the best that they
had to offer. He is a top quality human being who had a major
impact on many lives in his coaching career and he was an integral
part of what made Oviedo, Florida such a golden place of memories
back in the time period when it was still a charming citrus
village. He was not only funny, good natured and made young minds
feel valuable but he was also a damn good Science teacher. In
today's world with so much perversion, larceny and corruption in
our school systems a man like Howard Mabie is hard to come by and
that is why I am celebrating him here. Throughout my life whenever
there has been a situation where I got to play baseball or softball
I am still to this day a deadly hitter and that is because of the
skills that he taught me. The wisdom and philosophy in baseball
that he taught me I have quoted and applied to my life ever
never be trying to hit a homer, a homer should be the accident of a
line drive." He is retired from teaching and coaching now but the
lives that he touched still continue to do great things out in the
world and that is why it is my pleasure to present to you now the
one and only Coach Howard Mabie!
John Fogerty Centerfield
was recorded in Oviedo, Florida.