History - Hilton Head Baseball Association

Dixie Youth Baseball on Hilton Head Island

Updated Friday January 29, 2016 by HHBA.

Early Days

Dixie Youth Baseball of Hilton Head Island was started in 1978 by Randy McGarvey. The original league had 23 players, 2 coaches and played their games at the old Barker Field. At the time, Barker Field was known as "Gator" field because it was the home to the Gator Football Program.

In 1999, led by Coach Larry Page, our Dixie Youth Majors Team won the Dixie Youth World Series in Terrell Texas.

After Coach McGarvey's retirement from Dixie Youth Baseball in 1999, David Anderson became Chairman of the Board and reorganized the program operationally and legally under the name Hilton Head Baseball Association.

In 2000, under the coaching leadership of Colonel John Parker, The Hilton Head Baseball Association won a second Dixie Youth Minors World Series Championship by defeating Alabama in the final game at Bedford Virginia.



The program, now over 30 years old, features 2 seasons: The Dixie Youth Sponsored Spring Baseball program with approximately 350 children from ages 5 to 14, and the Fall Recreational and Instructional League that involves over 200 players.

Today, the program is almost entirely run by volunteers and is financially supported by an involved and caring business community.

Along with the involvement of all the Managers, Coaches, Parents and Players over the years, the organization has had a long history of great leadership from people like Simon Fraser, Art Andrews, Steve Bowman, Steve Marbut, Chris Crowe, Todd Rhine and Dana Facenda.