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Priest Family Donates Material to Archives

August 13, 2002
null On August 13, 2002, Helen Priest donated the scorebooks and other material kept by her husband, Henry O. "Hop" Priest during his career as baseball coach at Columbus High School. The series of scorebooks detail the team's seasons from 1953 through 1968. Because of sporadic coverage by local newspapers, the scorebooks provide the only record of many games. Priest, shown at left in a photograph from 1967, coached the Columbus Cardinals to numerous championships, and was instrumental in the development of what were arguably the town's two greatest pitchers, Kenneth Pate and Doug Rau.