Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Suthers' Special Service; Fitting Tribute to Musketeers Stalwart

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Suthers' Special Service; Fitting Tribute to Musketeers Stalwart

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

WITH three children and a new house to finish with his wife Tracey, Greg Suthers has plenty to keep him busy after retiring from baseball.

However, one of Ipswich's most dependable pitchers finished the season with two major honours.

The first was coaching Musketeers' undefeated under-14 side to victory in this year's junior premiership.

The other was unexpected -- having his number 22 Musketeers strip retired at Saturday night's annual club awards function.

No-one in senior baseball can now wear that number in honour of Suthers' four decades of loyalty and outstanding club service.

"It's one of those things that you don't expect,'' Suthers, 47, said, having worn number 22 as long as he remember.

"You play because you enjoy it and you enjoy playing with the guys that you played with over the years.''

Family is also an important factor in Greg's long-time commitment to Musketeers.

As well as the vital role of his parents, Greg's older brother Keith had his shirt (number 9) retired some years ago.

Greg's younger brother Dave is also a dedicated Musketeers club person.

Greg has played for 38 years.

"When I first started, Keith was in the senior team and towards the end, it was David,'' Greg said.

Greg also played with many of Musketeers' best players, including Kim Jessop, Peter Vogler, Paul Coogan, Peter Wood and Steve Hinton who reached international level.

After starting his career as a junior catcher, he turned his talents to pitching, where he went on to share in a number of Musketeers' A-grade premierships.

Suthers made an instant impression in A-grade. Aged 17, he threw nine innings against the previous season's premiers Wests and helped Musketeers win.

The post-game celebration was to become one of the trademarks of the family-minded Musketeers club.

Suthers, who served as a club official and coach over many years, was named a pitcher in the best Musketeers team of the club's first 50 years. …

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