9 — Mantlo receives international Little League honor
As an 18-year-old, Dave Mantlo wanted to impress his date, so he volunteered to umpire a Grand Mesa Little League game. He married the girl and soon become entrenched with Grand Mesa Little League.
That was 1964, and 49 years later Mantlo was given the highest honor in Little League Baseball. He was selected the International Volunteer of the Year in July. It’s an honor that has been given to one person annually since 1973.
Mantlo has done a little and a lot of everything for Grand Mesa Little League, including being the organization’s president on and off for years.
Mantlo was recognized in Williamsport, Pa., during the Little League World Series in August.
Over the years, Mantlo’s presence at Grand Mesa Little League has shaped the organization, helping it become one of the premier venues for Little League Baseball in the state.
In a Daily Sentinel article, Mantlo said it has always been the kids that have made it special for him. He said when the volunteer duties get a little too irritating, he just goes down and watches the youngsters play a game of tee ball.
“They are just there to have fun,” he said. “You can see them having fun. All they want to do is play baseball and go get a Coke.”
To read the complete story on Mantlo’s honor go to http://www.gjsentinel.com/sports/articles/mr-little-league.