Ed Hunter was a mainstay at Arlington's Barcroft Park in baseball seasons that predate the existence of Arlington Little League and Arlington Babe Ruth. Back when Arlington's youth baseball teams were named after their sponsors -- Better Homes, Carroll's Automotive, Optimist, Red Top Cab, etc. -- Coach Hunter was one of the heads of the Black Knights family.
In today's youth baseball family, we have an army of volunteers that shows up to help get the fields ready for play. 30 years ago, that volunteer army was Ed Hunter. His players say he dedicated his life to his family and friends. He took kids in and treated them as he did his own kids. He was a leader who taught the game, but also taught life after the game. He coached his players and his teams, but he was omnipresent, and contributed to the development , health, and happiness of every kid who showed up at the park to play.