It happened at some greasy spoon in Lakeland, Fla., eight years ago in what was supposed to be a quick stop before work.
A photographer and I had arrived two days before. In town to cover the York Revolution’s first practices and scrimmages during Atlantic League spring training, we had stopped for breakfast. Our destination was the Detroit Tigers spring training facilities, where most of the Atlantic League teams had broken camp that week as they prepared for the start of the regular season.
Keith Lupton, sitting at a table by himself, waved us down.
Always friendly. Always available to talk. He told us how emotional the last 24 hours had been.
One of the key front office executives with the ownership group that planted teams in Lancaster, York and Southern Maryland. He had been a part of the group working to bring minor league baseball back to York for about a decade. The day before, he had watched the York Revolution finally take the field. Even though he had just built a league championship squad with Lancaster manager Tom Herr the year before, he couldn’t have been happier to see another team on the diamond.
It was the beginning of a team, something he knew worlds about. Continue reading “Keith Lupton, team builder, dies at 73” »