The induction of two more local athletes and supporters are announced. C. Reginald “Reggie” Law, football, and Johnny Baker, baseball. The two join Avery Johnson Sr., Dale Woodard, Ray Haulk, Earl Rowan, Charles H. Evans Sr. and Chuck Condo as Old Timers inductees.
The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the banquet may be puchased at the City of Cleveland Parks and Recreation office, 160 Second St. in the Municipal Building Annex for $25 each. Tickets should be purchased by March 11. For information, call 479-4129.
C. Reginald “Reggie” Law
Law is a Cleveland native, with family ties going back many generations. He began his sports endeavors at Arnold Elementary School, where he played football under coaches “Shorty” Jordan and Lou Underdown. He continued playing football at Bradley Central High School under coaches Billy Frank Smith and Harold “Red” Hensley.
Upon graduation from Bradley, Law played in the Chattanooga City-County All-Star Game and received multiple invitations to play at the college level.
Following brief periods with Northwest Mississippi Jr. College and the University of Arizona, he realized somewhere closer to his Tennessee roots would be a better fit.
At Middle Tennessee State University, he interviewed with coach Bubba Murphy and found an outstanding home from 1960 to 1964 where he played the tackle position.
During his time at MTSU his teammates included Boots Donnelly (NCAA Coach’s Hall of Fame) and Louie Alford. Other highlights of the time included two trips to play in the Tangerine Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) in Orlando, Fla.
Following his playing days at MTSU, he served as a graduate assistant coach while completing his master’s degree. At the time he was seriously considering pursuing a career as a football coach.
Coaching plans were soon interrupted when he received a promising offer to join Texaco Inc., where he spent the next 13 years, relocating 11 times. One of these moves landed him as a neighbor to legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and other members of his staff.
During this time, he married his wife, Linda, and their daughter Linley was born.
He continued to stay involved in sports by coaching Pop Warner football and serving as athletic director for the Sandy Springs Athletic Association near Atlanta, where he lived at the time.
While at Texaco, the entrepreneurial bug bit and soon Law found himself purchasing Linley Oil Corporation in Atlanta, which he operated for a number of years before selling the business.
In 1980, he returned to Cleveland, joining Copperinger & Affiliates and beginning a career transition that would take him into the world of professional photography.
While with Coppinger, he served in a number of roles and as special projects assistant to the chief executive offier until the company was sold in the mid-1990’s.
Later, Law formed the Law Company, in association with the Frames for Portraits, which he continues to operate as a consulting and service group for the professional photography market.
Law was selected for “Who’s Who of U.S. Executives” in 1993.
He is a member of the MTSU Golden Raiders Society, the MTSU Varsity Club, and the Blue Raiders Athletic Association. He has also served as Exalted Ruler of the Cleveland Elks Lodge and is a member of the Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and Bradley Sunrise Rotary.
He is a member of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
At an early age, Baker enjoyed playing sports which may have been influenced by his parents’ love of the games.
He started playing organized baseball in Dixie Youth programs when he was 8. During the first couple of years in Dixie Youth, he played centerfield and later began to pitch. It was at age 10 that he threw his first no-hitter and eventually made the All-Star team. He hit his first home run at age 11 and increased that number to 24 over the next two years in Dixie Youth. Baker was selected to be on the All-Star team from ages 9 through 12.
At ages 13 and 14, Baker became a member of the Dixie Boys. During that time, he continued to pitch and played other various positions. He was selected to be on the All-Star team both years. From the ages of 15 to 17, Baker was a member of the Dixie Seniors. During his years in the Dixie programs, he was selected to nine straight All-Star teams.
Baker attended Bradley Central High School from 1971-75. During that time, he played several different positions. As a pitcher, he accumulated 14 wins with only four losses. As a hitter he had batting averages of .333 as a sophomore and .408 as a junior. During his senior year, the average increased to .519. He hit 13 home runs and had 40 RBIs.
Other honors he received were MVP in the McMinn Invitational Tournament in 1975. He was selected to the Cleveland Daily Banner All-county teams from 1973-75 and also earned nine letters in sports at BCHS in baseball, football and basketball.
After graduation from BCHS, Baker was recruited by many Southeastern universities and junior colleges. He decided to attend Cleveland State Community College which was under the direction of Steve Longley. He set a new school record for home runs in a single season as a freshman.
After graduation from Cleveland State, Baker attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. While attending UTC, he set several school records. He hit .410 as a junior and was named by the Chattanooga Old-Timers Club as Player of the Year.
During his senior year, he led the Southern Conference with 15 home runs and 43 RBI in 29 games. He became the first player in UTC history to be named to the All-Southern Conference baseball team, and was chosen Baseball Player of the Year by the same organization.
He also was one of a very few players (including pros) to hit a home run over the left field Krystal scoreboard in Engel Stadium in Chattanooga. Baker’s home run happened to be a game winning Grand Slam.
He is married to Sharm Baker. He has a daughter, Lauren Moyle of Cleveland and son-in-law, Paul Moyle. He is the son of Josephine Baker and the late Leonard Baker.