All Hail the King!
The final (and most formal) of the Baseball Winter Meetings’ exhausting array of social events is the annual banquet, in which an array of fine food and beverage is enjoyed amidst opulent settings. The highlight of each year’s banquet is undoubtedly when the new King of Baseball receives his crown.
(obligatory explanation: Since 1951, the "King of Baseball" designation has been annually bestowed upon an individual in recognition of a lifetime of service to the sport)
This year’s King is Dave Walker, the President of the Burlington Bees of the Class A Midwest League. The Bees are an anomalous entity in the world of the Minor Leagues, and Mr. Walker deserves a lot of credit for the ballclub’s continued health. Not only is Burlington the smallest market in all of full-season Minor League Baseball — the team is community-owned, as well.
For the past 20 seasons, Mr. Walker has served as the President of the Burlington Baseball Association. In this volunteer position, he is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Bees. He has also led grassroots campaigns within Burlington to secure funding for upgrades to the city’s aptly-named Community Field, and is a long-time member of the Minor League Baseball Board of Trustees.
Congratulations to King Walker, who is the latest in a long line of Baseball lifers to have been granted regal status. A nearly-complete list of his fellow kings can be found here.