George L. Barone, Jr.
It’s hard to find a man who loved baseball and youth more than Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022 inductee George L. Barone, Jr. By his count, he has coached 2,291 games and 1,473 players over 64 years.
Barone was born in 1942 and is a life-long resident of the area. He is a 1962 graduate of Southwestern Central School where he played on the baseball squad. He also attended Jamestown Community College.
Barone began his coaching odyssey as a 13-year-old assistant in the former Cub League in Lakewood. He subsequently managed Lakewood 3, Lakewood Indians and Lakewood Cardinals in the Lion League. The Cardinals had a 52-game win streak under Barone.
He managed in the Southwestern area for 33 years. Among his teams were the Southwestern Expos in the East Lake 13-15-Year-Old Babe Ruth League. He also led the East Lake Babe Ruth All-Star teams on many occasions and served as President of the East Lake BR league.