The Babe Ruth League Alumni Association is governed by an Alumni Board consisting of three officers and three At-Large members. The Board acts as the leadership body of the Alumni Association. They work throughout the year with program development and events. Current Board Members are listed below.
JAMES WAGONER of Fort Smith, Arkansas Serves as Chief Executive Officer
Wagoner’s life revolves around Babe Ruth League. If there was ever a good will ambassador for the program, it’s James Wagoner. Give him an opening, and he’ll talk about the program morning, noon and night. Wagoner began volunteering his time to the Babe Ruth program in 1962, serving as a coach while still in high school. After serving in the US Marine Corps during the Viet Nam war, he resumed coaching for the Babe Ruth program, going on to serve as a League Officer, District, State and Regional Commissioner. In 12006, he was elected Chairman of the Babe Ruth League International Board of Directors, a position he still holds today, in addition to serving as the Alumni Association’s CEO. He owns and operates Shelter Insurance in Fort Smith.
MARK WATKINS of Louisville, Illinois, serves as Chairman
Watkins began his involvement with Babe Ruth League in 1994. He started in the program as a team manager and went on to serve as a League Board Member and President. In 1997, he was elected Southern Indiana State Commissioner, a position he held until being elected to the Babe Ruth League Board of Directors. In 2015, he stepped down from the Board to take on the position of Chairman of the Alumni Association. One of Watkins’ proudest moments was being named the Lefty Gomez Volunteer of the Year in 2004. He is currently employed as General Manager for Wolfe’s Auto Auctions in Evansville.
JOE CORMIER of Erath, Louisiana, serves as Vice Chairman
Cormier has worn many hats for the Babe Ruth League program, serving as a coach, manager and League President. After leaving the local league level, he took on the positions of District Commissioner, Assistant Tournament Director, and Tournament Director. In addition to serving as Alumni Vice Chairman, Joe still volunteers for Babe Ruth league as Southwest Assistant Regional Commissioner and Chairman of the Southwest Region Hall of Fame Committee. Joe donates a monthly stipend and is one of the Alumni’s top fundraisers, obtaining donations for the Alumni from friends, associates and his employer. Also, in honor of Joe’s love for the Babe Ruth League program, his son, Dr. Kevin Cormier, provides a quarterly donation to the Alumni Association.
MIKE JANICKI of Raynham, Massachusetts serves as an At-Large Member
Janicki began his lifelong journey as a player. He grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, playing on organized teams and in pickup games just because he and his friends loved the game. He continued to play ball through high school, and during his years in the Coast Guard he made a brief change to fast pitch softball to play on several championship teams. Janicki first became involved with Babe Ruth League in 1982 serving as a coach for 14 consecutive years. After holding various other positions at the local league level, he moved up to the Eastern Massachusetts Babe Ruth state organization serving as a District and Assistant State Commissioner. In addition, Janicki was named the 2009 Lefty Gomez Volunteer of the Year. He currently serves as Cal Ripken State Commissioner and New England Assistant Regional Commissioner.
BILL PULLAN of Bethel, Connecticut serves as an At-Large Member
For over 50 years, Bill Pullan has been one of the New England Region's most tireless supporters of Babe Ruth League. Over the years, he has served as a coach, League President, Tournament Director, and District Commissioner before officially retiring from the Babe Ruth program in 2009. Because of his dedication to the Babe Ruth program, Pullan was inducted into the Babe Ruth League International Hall of Fame in 2010. In addition, he served as Director for the New England Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute located in Boston, Massachusetts, battling childhood cancers. Over the span of 35 years, some $1.2 million - a charity grand slam - was cheerfully donated to the New England Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute by the New England Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Baseball organizations. Much of these efforts were enthusiastically and ably directed by Pullan. He is also a member of the Golden Alumni Club due to his continuous donations.
THERESA CLEARY of Bordentown, New Jersey serves as an At-Large Member
Theresa Cleary has worked at Babe Ruth Headquarters for close to 40 years, starting in 1978 as an Assistant to the late Ronald Tellefsen, and working with him as he moved up the ranks from Commissioner to Vice President-Commissioner to President/CEO. Cleary is currently the Executive Assistant for Babe Ruth League, working closely with the Executive Staff, providing management support and assisting with various projects assignments and events. In addition, Cleary prepares several of Babe Ruth League’s e-Newsletters, such as Batter-Up, Commissioner’s Corner, UmpireGram and the League President Bulletin. She volunteers her time to the Alumni Association. Cleary maintains the Alumni website and is one of the editors for the Alumni’s Magazine, Diamond Legacy.