The BYB "Pops" Showstack Lifetime Achievement Award
Arlen Showstack, 2010
John Bucci, 2012
David Milstone, 2013
Alison Reeves, 2014
Brookline Youth Baseball is pleased to announce the creation of the Nathan “Pops” Showstack Lifetime Achievement Award honoring an extraordinary man who coached youth baseball in Brookline for more than 35 years. Pops began his BYB career in 1971 coaching Instructional League baseball and soon after in the Minor League. Pops then assumed the helm of the Major A Orioles where he coached for three decades and was known for his positive, encouraging coaching style. In 2000, Pops was honored for his dedication to youth baseball when the Major A All-Star Game was officially renamed the "Pops Showstack All-Star Game." The new Lifetime Achievement Award in Pops' honor intends to recognize his unmatched contribution over so many years to our children and to our community. Pops died in 2001. He is greatly missed by the many ballplayers who were privileged to learn from him over the years as well as by their parents, their guardians and those others among us who were fortunate enough to observe Pops' commitment and dedication from the opposing dugout and as spectators.
We are also extremely pleased to announce Pops' son Arlen, who played for and later assisted Pops, and who continues to coach the Major Division Orioles today, as the first recipient of this Lifetime Achievement Award. Arlen is known not only for his baseball acumen and his ability to coax the best from his team, but also for his incredibly encouraging and supportive instructional style with individual players. He has coached the Orioles for thirty years carrying on the tradition, style and dedication to excellence of his father while making unique contributions to the development of so many Brookline children both as ball players and as people. Whether coaching championship level teams, of which he has had his share, or teams requiring more development to master the skills of the game, Arlen's demeanor is the same. He is unfailingly positive and supportive of his players and his team, and of the "opposition". He is a true role model for anyone aspiring to teach life lessons while having fun through the medium of baseball. We are incredibly lucky as an organization and as a community to have had Arlen. There could not possibly be a more deserving and appropriate recipient of the Pops Showstack Lifetime Achievement Award in its inaugural year.