Club member Frank Eccles dies
Frank Eccles, a longtime Pitch & Hit Club member, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 15, 2011 in his Crown Point, Ind. home.
Frank was best known as "Coach". He loved baseball and coached many in the Sullivan/Turnball League in Clarendon Hills and Harvey, Thornton High School, Calumet College and many in between. Frank had more than 800 career wins. He took the 1974 Thornton High School baseball team to the Illinois High School Association final four.
He retired from teaching in 1993, after 31 1/2 years. He was very active in the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) and received the "Les Miller" Man of the Year Award in 1984 and 1994, the President's Award in 1997 and was inducted into the IHSBCA Hall of Fame in 1991.
He is survived by his wife, Lynda Eccles, two sons, a daughter, two stepsons and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 7:00pm at Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 8580 Wicker Ave. in St. John, IN with cremation to follow.