Players from several East Feliciana Little League teams received the Alvin Giroir Memorial Sportsmanship Award on May 18 in Clinton.
The award was named after the late Alvin Giroir, of Jackson, who died in 2012 and was the husband of Kay Giroir and father of Dana Giroir Travis, wife of East Feliciana Parish Sheriff-elect Jeff Travis, who spoke about Giroir at the awards ceremony.
“Mr. Alvin did a lot for his community and for the Babe Ruth League during his 35 years of service,” Travis said.
Giroir’s affiliation with the Southwest Region of the Babe Ruth League, a nationwide baseball and softball program, began in 1973 as a coach. He then became an umpire and eventually the league president of the Jackson Baseball Association, a member of the Babe Ruth League.
In 1988, Giroir was named District V commissioner of the Louisiana Babe Ruth League, and from 1991 to 1995, he served as assistant state commissioner followed by state commissioner in 1996, a position he held until 2004. Along the way, Giroir also served as regional commissioner of the program.
In 2011, Giroir was inducted into the Louisiana Babe Ruth Hall of Fame, an honor he so well deserved, Travis said.
“Alvin was about everyone’s children and always made sure that any decision made would not hurt a child in any way,” Travis said. “He was here on the field many days serving our youth as well as the community, even when he didn’t have to be.”
He added that Giroir inspired so many people with his “dedication, fairness, compassion, professionalism and love for everyone.”
“It’s safe to say that Babe Ruth baseball in this area would not be what it is today without this man’s efforts. We’re thankful for his service to his community and to District V. Alvin Giroir was the lifeblood of Babe Ruth baseball in Louisiana,” Travis said.
Two of the players receiving the sportsmanship award include Mills Dawson, of Bluff Creek, and Owen Fudge, of Ethel.