Kansas Babe Ruth Baseball in southeast Kansas and Daryl Spear are the same thing. He is the reason District 5 is the biggest district in Kansas Babe Ruth.
Daryl has coached in the Columbus Babe Ruth League and also served as a league officer. He became an assistant District Commissioner for Jim Kelly in 1982 and held that position for eight years. Newly elected State Commissioner Gary Kuntz appointed Daryl as District Commissioner in 1990. He has served in that position for the last 10 years.
Daryl works on Babe Ruth Baseball twelve months a year. When he sees a young man, a parent or a coach at a football or basketball game, the conversation will eventually turn to baseball. Almost every year Daryl will have at least one state tournament in his district. Some years he will have two state tournaments and his district also hosts numerous Regional Tournaments. In 2000, the Midwest Plains needed a host for the 16 Year Old Regional Tournament--Daryl came through like he always does. He has been one of the biggest advocates of our 12 & Under program.
Daryl and his wife Sandy live in Columbus. They have three sons: Doug, Bryon and Jay. Doug and Vicki’s children include Chris and Cory. Bryon and Traci’s children include Tori, Taylor, Tari and Ty. Jay’s children include Nikki and Keri. The Spear family can take much satisfaction in the many years of service Daryl has given (and continues to give) to the youth of Columbus, District 5 and the state of Kansas through Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Baseball.