World Series ball raises $30K for batboy Kaiser Carlile’s memorial
The generosity of one man through his donation of an autographed World Series baseball has helped raise $30,000 to raise funds for the creation of a memorial statue in honor of Kaiser Carlile, the nine-year-old batboy who tragically died after being accidentally struck by a bat during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Wichita, Kan., in August.
Carlile, the beloved batboy for the Liberal Bee Jays, was hit in the head by a player’s swing in the on-deck circle during an Aug. 1 game. He passed away a day later.
The ball, from the 1962 World Series between the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants, ended up in the possession of Randy Watson, whose brother Rudy died at the age of 13 in 1966 after he was struck in the head by a foul ball at a baseball game.
“Both were big persons in little bodies,” Watson said of his brother and Carlile, per Kansas.com. “Both were scrappers. They were dedicated and had to try hard to do everything.”
The ball was autographed by the Yankees’ Ralph Terry, the World Series MVP, along with Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Bobby Richardson, Roger Maris and Whitey Ford.
An individual and an organization each pledged $15,000 apiece at Saturday’s silent auction. The ball will be on display as part of an exhibit at the Seward Community College Hall of Fame in Liberal, Kan.