SLL Mourns the Passing of Gladys Hutton
With a heavy heart, the Saugerties Little League mourns the loss of Gladys Hutton. Gladys was the league’s longest running President, a stretch that lasted from 1982 through 2007, but her tenure as the face of the league was part of 34 years of service to our league.
Gladys was the driving force behind establishing the girls softball program in the early 1970s and coached the 1976 team that reached the state final. She later moved on to becoming a league board member, its first information officer, and then our President. She bore witness to 30 different District Championships at all levels of the league including 6 consecutive 11/12 softball titles from 1995-1999 and 4 straight from 1976-1979.
In 2008, the league dedicated field #4 in her honor. When she was approached about the idea of the dedication, she stated “I built that field”. She built more than a field. She built a community and a way of life for so many who love this game and have come through this league. It’s difficult to put 34 years of service in a nutshell – but one thing is very clear – Gladys has done so many things for a child and a parent that none of us will ever know about and could never have imagined. She has touched so many lives through her efforts that there is no way to thank her for all she has done. As one of Gladys’ friends once said to her, “I never offered to help because I never thought you needed any – everything ran so smoothly.” It’s a statement that says it all. The results of her hard work and tireless dedication made it seem like help wasn’t necessary. The truth is, without that hard work and tireless dedication, the Saugerties Little League would not have achieved this level of consistent excellence without her.
Saugerties has always been a Baseball Town dating back to the roots of Martin Cantine. Gladys made it a Softball town too. Her chair will always remain behind home plate on the field that bears her name. May you rest in peace Gladys.