A local legend of baseball struck out three in a row
LOCAL baseball legend's Geoff Baxter's first ever Major League session at the age of 12 didn't get off to the greatest start - he was struck out by a talented local pitcher three times in a row.
The baptism of fire belied the impressive contribution the elder statesman of local baseball has made in his five-decades long career on the field.
He first started playing softball for Lismore Heights Primary at the age of six, before graduating to baseball at Richmond River High. Now 61, he still suits up for Norths in Division 3 as stand-by catcher.
From helping make Baxter Field the world-class facility it is today, to playing, coaching, and keeping the local spirit of baseball thriving, Geoff Baxter has done it all.
He has coached and played every grade at every level of baseball, not only for Norths, but also Far North Coast, and has achieved grand final wins in all.
He has a Far North Coast record in playing in 35 consecutive grand finals and has participated in 47 in his 54 year career.
This year he was player coach of Norths Division 3 team which took out the minor and major premiership and also coached the Under 12 side which he took to the finals.
To top this off he participated in the Australian Masters in Adelaide where his team took out the Silver Medal and he was awarded the Legends award for catching six of the seven games played and batting over 0.700 for the series.
His work off the field in administration for the local competition has also been immeasurable.
He has held every administrative position for Norths and continues to input his knowledge to the club.
He started coaching for Far North Coast at 16, and has coached all age groups from Under 12s through to Under 25s, winning a number of State Championships
For FNC he has been CEO, Treasurer, and Secretary and also been a member of a numerous sub committees.
Having just had a successful hip replacement operation, he hopes to continue to play and coach baseball for years to come.
Baxter is a local baseball legend who has dedicated his life to both playing and coaching and the continuous improvement of Lismore baseball facilities.