Youth baseball activist injured in fall

June 05, 1997


Staff Writer

A Hagerstown man was seriously injured Wednesday morning when he fell from a scoreboard at the Colt League baseball field next to the West End Reservoir, officials said.

Leslie "Wink" Suter, 58, was taken to Washington County Hospital after he fell about 30 feet in the 10:37 a.m. accident, officials said. From there, he was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in serious condition Wednesday night.

League official Jim Barton said Suter was replacing a sign on top of the plywood scoreboard when he lost his balance.


Al Armstrong, another league official, said he was sitting in the dugout when Suter fell.

"He was lying on the ground face down," he said. "He was in severe pain."

Armstrong said he stayed with Suter until the ambulance arrived.

Armstrong said Suter has been a fixture in youth baseball for the last three decades, many of those years with Colt League, which serves boys ages 15 and 16.

While he is out of action, Armstrong said, his absence will be noticed.

"He's going to by sorely missed. He's one of the hardest-working people in all of youth baseball," he said. "This has been his life This league will be more than a man short for a long time."

Armstrong said Suter has been invaluable at raising funds, assigning players and other activities.

"He was anything that anybody wanted," he said.

Armstrong said Suter is tough and may surprise everyone by coming back sooner than expected.

"If he comes back, we're going to give him the biggest, softest chair we can find," he said.

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