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NWAACC director McClain receives HOF nod

By Rick McCorkle
The Daily News ---- Longview, WA.

Before accepting the assignment as the executive director of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, Dick McClain earned a reputation as being one of the top prep, American Legion and college baseball coaches in the northwest.

His diamond coaching prowess stretched five decades and more than 1,200 victories beginning at Portland's Madison High School, and his success has earned him induction into the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.

More than five dozen individuals spanning seven decades of Portland athletic greatness will join McClain in the latest induction class, bringing the PIL Hall of Fame membership to 417. The PIL has existed for at least 108 years, according to records from member schools. It's believed to be the oldest league within a single school district in the country.

McClain led the Senators to a pair of PIL crowns and a state title in 1969, and later coached the Contractors Inc. team (mostly Madison players) to the American Legion world championship in 1969. The world championship is the only American Legion crown won by Oregon teams in the tournament's history spanning more than 60 years.

He later moved on to Linn-Benton College where he became the school's athletic director and baseball coach, winning five conference titles. McClain also coached the Corvallis-based Richey's Market legion team for more than 28 years, leading the team to the American Legion World Series five times, along with numerous state and regional crowns.

His 1978 Richey's team that finished third in the World Series included future Major League second baseman Harold Reynolds, and his squad placed fifth in the 1990 World Series that was held in Corvallis.


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