Every once in a while, a person comes along in Kansas Babe Ruth Baseball that exemplifies the characteristics that make our program the success it is today. Owen Kaufman was one of those people.
Owen’s involvement started as a volunteer and league officer (out-of-town-representative) in the Newton Babe Ruth League in 1983. He moved up the ladder quickly as he was elected League President after the 1984 season. State Commissioner John Villar appointed Owen as District Commissioner in November 1985. He served in that position until 2009 when he was appointed Midwest Plains Regional Secretary and Baseball Commissioner.
Owen traveled the state to help Kansas Babe Ruth grow or to help with a problem. After working all of his District Tournaments, Owen and his wife always found time to attend a State Tournament. And if there was a Regional Tournament or a Babe Ruth World Series in the Midwest, they would probably be there. It was not uncommon to see them loaning their large Babe Ruth banners to tournament hosts so that the Babe Ruth logo could be seen by everyone.
Owen and his wife Sandy lived in Moundridge. They had two sons: Grant and Alex. Grant and his wife Kalissa have two children: Victoria and Audrey. The Kaufman family can take much satisfaction in the many years of service Owen gave to the youth of Moundridge, District 4 and the state of Kansas through Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Baseball.