Chris Lewis – Chairman
Chris Lewis, native of Fort Worth, is Vice President of National Sales and a 25 year employee of Ben E. Keith Foods. He is an avid baseball fan and coached at the youth level for many years. Chris has enjoyed the game since he was a child, particularly at the collegiate level. Chris is the Past President of The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, has served on The BBYF Board of Directors since 2008
J. Searcy is President of Tailwind Real Estate Equities and has been active in the commercial real estate industry since 1986. He is a graduate of UT Austin where he played baseball after starting his collegiate career as an All Big 8 3rd baseman for OU. J. Was drafted in the 15th round by the California Angels. He has been active in several local charities including serving on the Board of the Presbyterian Night Shelter and Easter Seals of North Texas. J. resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and two children.
Michael Peck is a Partner in the Fort Worth law firm of Brown, Dean, Proctor & Howell, L.L.P. where he practices civil trial law, including personal injury litigation, commercial/business litigation, and construction litigation. He graduated from Paschal High School in 1988, received his B.A. from Southwestern University in 1991 and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1995. He has served on the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Board since 2004 including a stint as President (2012-13). Michael played college baseball at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina before transferring to Southwestern University to play for Coach Jim Mallon. He was an NAIA Academic All American in 1991 and was inducted into the Southwestern University Athletic Hall of Honor in 1992.
Andrew was born, raised, and currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas. An avid sports enthusiast, his true passion resides with baseball and the Texas Ranger. He played baseball at Paris Junior College for two years, and then transferred to the University of South Florida. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He passed on signing, and ultimately graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Finance. Andrew works for Robert W. Baird in Fort Worth. He joined the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Board in 2014.
Dick grew up in Bonham, TX, and came to TCU on a basketball scholarship, graduating in 1974. He taught and coached at Fort Worth Country Day School, as well as worked in the development office. He then set out in 1980 on a successful career in the oil and gas business, staying active to this day. To remain close to a sport he loved, Dick became a certified track & field official in 1981 and officiated high school, college, national and international track meets including the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Dick has been a college sports fan for many years, following football, basketball, baseball, and track & field.
Frank Carroll is a trial lawyer who for the past four decades has served as lead counsel for 100+ jury and bench trials in federal and state courts. His trial practice is focused on complex business disputes with an emphasis on defending class action litigation. He is also an accomplished appellate lawyer. He is one of fewer than 100 attorneys in Texas to receive dual certification in civil trial law and civil appellate law. Mr. Carroll has also been consistently recognized as a leader in both his profession and in his community by being elected to numerous boards and being selected to chair many boards, organizations and committees.
Lance Brown, is TCU’s second all-time winningest coach. Brown has played a large role in the success of TCU baseball. En route to All-America honors in 1963, he pitched the Horned Frogs to the 1963 SWC championship. Thirty-one years later, he guided the Frogs to the 1994 SWC title as the head coach, making him one of only two men to win SWC Player and Coach of the Year. A 1960 graduate of West Plains High School in West Plains, Missouri, Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from TCU in 1967. He spent three seasons in the Chicago Cubs organization while finishing his degree at TCU. Brown’s wife, Molly, graduated from TCU with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Congressman Roger Williams
United States Congressman Roger Williams represents the 25th congressional district of Texas which stretches from Tarrant County to Hays County and includes much of the Texas Hill Country and Austin. Williams attended Texas Christian University where he made All-Southwest Conference for baseball and was named to TCU’s All-Decade Team for the 1960s. After graduating, Williams was drafted by the Atlanta Braves and played in their farm system before an injury prematurely ended his career. Roger then became a small business owner and baseball coach at TCU. In Congress, Williams serves on the Financial Services Committee, including the subcommittees on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, Housing and Insurance and the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing. Outside of legislating, Williams’ love of baseball has followed him to the Capitol. Williams is the chair of the bipartisan Congressional Baseball Caucus and coach of the Republican Congressional Baseball Team.
Kirk Bohls was born at the Austin American-Statesman. He worked there briefly before he graduated from UT, then took a full-time job at the Statesman in 1973. Before he became lead sports columnist in 1994, he covered the gamut from high school sports to Longhorn football and baseball to the Southwest Conference and Texas A&M football to the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. He’s a Central Texas native from nearby Taylor and works with the homeless and other charities and is the scourge of fantasy football and baseball leagues for decades.
Cosby was a stellar athlete for Mart High School, excelling in football, baseball, and track. He was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the sixth round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft and left his commitment to the University of Texas to do so. After playing four years in the Angels minor league system, Cosby decided to attend the University of Texas where he would go on to play football. After a stellar career at UT, Quan was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals and later played with the Broncos, Colts and Jaguars. Quan has a degree in social work from UT.
Sam Carpenter is president of the perennially powerful Dallas Mustangs Baseball Club. Formed 19 years ago, the Mustangs have made their way into the national competition an astonishing 14 times. Carpenter is a baseball lifer – a college player at Abilene Christian, he began coaching at the junior college level. Sam became a head coach at just 22, but moved into commercial real estate after four years. He coached kids, including his son through the various levels until he reached 17, the founded the Dallas Mustangs
David Barron reports on sports media, college football and Olympic sports for the Houston Chronicle. He joined the Houston Chronicle in 1990 after stints at the Dallas bureau of United Press International (1984-90), the Waco Tribune-Herald (1978-84) and the Tyler Morning Telegraph (1975-78). He has been a contributor to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football since 1980, serving as high school editor from 1984 through 2000 and as Managing Editor from 1990 through 2004. A native of Tyler, he is a graduate of John Tyler High School, Tyler Junior College and The University of Texas at Austin.
Mike Gustafson has served as the President/CEO of the College Baseball Foundation since June, 2009, and has since led the effort to construct the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas. He has overseen $7 million raised in capital campaign, operations, and endowment. He attended Texas Tech and played baseball from 1986-89. In 1989, he was Texas Tech’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. After graduating from Texas Tech, he attended the University of Texas and obtained a masters degree in sports management while working as a graduate assistant in the athletic department. In 2005, he completed his doctorate at Texas Tech in Higher Education Administration. Mike’s wife, Dana, is a middle school science teacher and they have two children – Brooks and Savannah.
Larry Brogdon has been a practicing geologist since 1974. Most of that time involved in petroleum exploration and production. Most recently he was a partner with Four Sevens Oil Company located in Fort Worth, Texas. For the last several years, Larry has taught the “Prospect to Production” class through the TCU Energy Institute. He presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Advisors to the Energy Institute. Larry played college football at TCU and Ole Miss from 1968-72.
Jared Shope is experienced in the ownership, operation, and management of multiple businesses, including CD Ski & Sports , Lone Star Bean and Shope & Ryan Management, Inc. He is a licensed CPA with an extensive accounting and banking background garnered as board member of The Express Bank of Texas and R Bank. Mr. Shope was a pitcher for the TCU baseball team (1988-91), earning All-Southwest Conference Tournament and Academic All-SWC honors. He was the Dutch Meyer Scholar athlete of the year at TCU in 1991. His wife Rachel was a four-year letter-winner as a diver at TCU. They are the proud parents of Cruz, Isabella and Tex.
Dr. Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown was born in Seattle, Washington attended Galileo Academy of Science and Technology in San Francisco, then Stanford University and UCLA before receiving his medical degree from Tulane University. During his time at Stanford, he and another student were involved in the rescue of a Coast Guardsman from a plane crash, for which he received a Silver Lifesaving Medal. Sometimes known as “Golden Boy” during his baseball career, he played 548 regular-season games for the Yankees, with a lifetime batting average of .279 with 22 home runs. In addition, he appeared in four World Series (1947, 1949, 1950, 1951) for New York, batting .439 in 17 games. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He missed 1½ seasons due to military service during the Korean War. Brown had a bases-loaded triple in Game 4 and a two-run triple in the championship-clinching Game 5 of the 1949 World Series. He tripled again in the final game of the 1950 World Series. Brown is the last living member of the Yankees team that won the 1947 World Series. There are no living players who played on an earlier Yankees World Series-winning team.Brown practiced cardiology in the Dallas-Fort Worth area until the early 1980s, when he returned to baseball as a vice president of the AL Texas Rangers. In 1984, he succeeded Lee MacPhail as AL president and held the post for a decade. A decorated veteran of two wars, a noted baseball player who served on five championship teams, an accomplished physician, and the former President of the American League, Brown is considered to have few equals in the history of major league baseball. He is a regular at the Yankees’ annual Old-Timers’ Day celebrations. Brown’s wife of 61 years, Sara, died in 2012. They were married in October 1951, shortly after he played in the 1951 World Series.
One of the most recognizable public address voices in the game, Chuck Morgan is in his 35th year in professional baseball. The longtime Rangers employee serves as the club’s public address announcer and oversees all scoreboard and video production for all Rangers home games. He has been with the Rangers for 30 of the last 31 seasons beginning with the 1983 campaign.Morgan has announced the starting lineups for 2,411 consecutive Major League Baseball games. He has not missed a home game since he began working at the Rangers 30 years ago.With the Rangers, Morgan has been responsible for the creation of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame, the Texas Rangers FanFest, and the Rangers’ mascot. He is credited with the creation of the “Dot Race” and the Texas Legends Dash at Rangers home games. He was coordinator for All-Star Workout Day and Home Run Derby for Major League Baseball’s 1995 All-Star Game at Rangers Ballpark In Arlington. In addition to his tenure with the Rangers, Morgan has also worked for the Kansas City Royals (2002) and Nashville Sounds (1978-1980). For six years, he was the public address announcer on Major League Baseball video games for Microsoft’s X-Box, Sony Playstation 2 and Nintendo’s GameCube. While in Nashville, he was an announcer at The Grand Ole Opry, hosted several nationally syndicated radio and television shows, was a television sports anchor and made several “cornfield” appearances on Hee Haw. In 1982, he was named the Country Music Association’s Major Market Disc Jockey of the Year. In 2001 and 2003, he was named by The Sporting News as the best public address announcer in Major League Baseball.Chuck and his wife, Starr, reside in Mansfield. He has two sons: Kelley (34) and Rhett (32).
Maury Wills played primarily for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1959 through 1966 and the latter part of 1969 through 1972 as a shortstop and switch-hitter; he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1967 and 1968, and the Montreal Expos the first part of 1969. Wills was an essential component of the Dodgers’ championship teams in the mid-1960s, and is credited for reviving the stolen base as part of baseball strategy. Wills was an All-Star for five seasons and seven All-Star Games, and was the first MLB All-Star Game Most Valuable Player in 1962. He also was the National League Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1962, and a Gold Glove winner in 1961 and 1962. In a fourteen-year career, Wills batted .281 with 20 home runs, 458 runs batted in, 2,134 hits, 1,067 runs, 177 doubles, 71 triples, and 586 stolen bases in 1,942 games. Since 2009, Wills is a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization serving as a representative of the Dodgers Legend Bureau. Maury Wills is the father of former major leaguer Bump Wills, who played for the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs for six seasons. In 2009, Wills was honored by the city of Washington, D.C. and Cardozo Senior High School with the naming of the former Banneker Recreation Field in his honor. The field was completely renovated and serves as Cardozo’s home diamond. Wills was a close friend of Bobby Bragan.
Randy Galloway was a sports columnist for the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and a graduate of Sam Houston State University. Until September 2013, he was the host of Galloway and Company, the drive-time program on KESN 103.3 FM, ESPN Radio’s Dallas affiliate and also heard on ESPN Xtra on XM Radio. Previously, Galloway has been a columnist for The Dallas Morning News and a radio host for News/Talk 820 WBAP. In 1998, he left The Dallas Morning News after 31 years, accepting a 5-year, $1.5 million contract with the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram Listeners have become accustomed to Galloway’s trademark wit and sarcasm as well as his deep Texas drawl. Galloway broadcast his 5,000th show April 11, 2008, celebrated by KESN in a day-long promotion. President George W. Bush called in as a special guest and congratulated Randy, including an invite to the Oval Office. Randy was the recipient of the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Galloway lives in Aledo, Texas, with his wife Janeen. They have two daughters together. He enjoys Lone Star Park and owns horses.
Eddie Robinson first baseman, scout, coach and front office executive from the 1940s through the 1980s who, during a 13-year playing career (1942; 1946–57), was on the roster of seven of the eight American League teams then in existence. Robinson is the last living person to win the World Series with the Cleveland Indians, as well as the oldest living player to play on a World Series-winning team and the oldest living member of the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, and Washington Senators. Born in the Northeast Texas town of Paris, Eddie Robinson, a left-handed batter who threw right-handed, he contributed to his first team, the Cleveland Indians, winning the 1948 World Series. Although traded during that offseason, he was still at the top of his game and, at the next two teams, Washington Senators (1949–50) and Chicago White Sox (1950–52), experienced the most productive seasons of his time in the majors. Overall, he appeared in 1,315 games and batted .268 with 172 home runs. He did not play in the 1943 through 1945 seasons, due to his service in the US Navy during World War II. A four-time All-Star, he was the American League’s starting first baseman for the midsummer classics of 1949 and 1952. Upon retirement, he became a coach for the Baltimore Orioles and then moved into their player development department. A protégé of Orioles manager Paul Richards, he followed Richards to the Houston Astros, then worked as the farm system director of the Kansas City Athletics during the tempestuous ownership of Charlie Finley in the mid-1960s. In 1968 he rejoined Richards in the front office of the Atlanta Braves. He succeeded Richards as general manager of the Braves during the 1972 season, serving through early 1976 in that post. Robinson then returned to the American League as a member of the Texas Rangers front office. In 1977, Robinson was named co-general manager (with Dan O’Brien) of the Rangers, and became sole GM from 1978–82. Continuing in baseball as a scout and player development consultant, he found his last position as a scout for the Boston Red Sox, the only team of the “original eight” American League clubs that he did not play for. Robinson was the recipient of the 1997 Bobby Bragan Lifetime Achievement Award.
Regarded as one of the nation’s top athletics administrators, Windegger was a 2000 inductee into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame. His excellence as a Horned Frog student-athlete, coach and administrator earned him selection into the TCU Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame in 1983. Windegger, a past president of NACDA, was the first athletics director to serve as the Southwest Conference representative on the prestigious NCAA Council. He also served on NCAA football and men’s basketball committees. Windegger’s long relationship with TCU began when he arrived on campus as a freshman in 1953. After starring as a quarterback on the football team and a pitcher in baseball, Windegger served the Frogs in a variety of roles that included business manager, ticket manager and baseball coach. In 1963, in just his second year as TCU’s baseball skipper, Windegger made league history by becoming the youngest coach to win a Southwest Conference title in any sport. Windegger led TCU baseball to four SWC championships and four runner-up finishes in his 14 years as head coach, posting an overall record of 298-166-1 (.641). He was voted the NCAA District VI and SWC Coach of the Year in 1972. Following the retirement of Abe Martin in 1975, Windegger became just the third TCU athletics directors in five decades. Windegger’s 23-year tenure, which concluded with his retirement in 1998, was marked by his steady influence and growth of the athletics program.
John Dittrich has spent over 40 years in professional baseball and has worked at every level from Rookie Ball to the Major leagues. Working primarily in the front office, John has been an Assistant to the President, Vice President, Executive Vice President, General Manager, President/Chief Operating Officer and owner. He even had a stint in player development with the Texas Rangers in the mid 80s. He is recognized as a leader in the management, development and launch of highly successful venues and baseball franchises around the country. John has won multiple Executive of the Year awards, league championships, attendance titles and best facility/stadium/operations awards. John has always been deeply involved in community service, serving on Boards of Directors of Community Leadership organizations and non-profits across the many markets in which he has worked, including Special Olympics, Goodwill industries, Jr. Achievement and The American Diabetes Association. He is a past president of the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation and continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the organization. John counts Bobby Bragan as mentor and friend and worked with Bobby closely in the Texas League front office, the National Association of Pro Baseball Leagues and at Bobby’s namesake foundation. John has a degree in Journalism from Southern Illinois University and lives in Tempe, AZ with his wife of 46 years, Lois. They have three children.
Tom Grieve is in his 23rd season as an analyst in the Rangers television booth after debuting on Prime Sports broadcasts in 1995, the longest tenure of any TV broadcaster in club history. Elected to the Rangers Hall of Fame in 2010, he enters his 50th year in professional baseball in 2016, nearly 49 of which have been with the Washington/ Texas franchise. Named the Rangers Vice President and General Manager September 1984, Grieve became the youngest General Manager in baseball at the time. He remained in the position until September 1994, matching Jon Daniels for the longest tenure in team history. Grieve was the Senators’ first round pick in the October 1966 June free agent draft after an outstanding high school career in his hometown of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He played in the majors with the Senators, Rangers, Mets and Cardinals from 1970-79. Grieve was the Rangers’ Player of the Year in 1976 with career bests of 20 homers and 81 RBI.He joined the Rangers front office as director of group sales in 1980, became assistant director of player development in 1981, and was promoted to director of player development after the 1982 season. Tom and his wife, Kathy, have three children, all accomplished athletes. His oldest son Tim, a 1994 graduate of Texas Christian University, pitched in the Kansas City and Arizona organizations and is now a Texas scout for the Detroit Tigers. His son Ben was the second pick in the nation in the 1994 June draft and played nine Major League seasons with the A’s, Devil Rays, Brewers, and Cubs, earning 1998 American League Rookie of the Year honors with Oakland. Daughter Katie was an all-state volleyball player at Arlington Martin HS and went on to play at Auburn University. She graduated from the University of Texas in 2000. Tom and Kathy have eight grandchildren.