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King receives Joe E. Brown Award

Story reprinted from Ventura County Star
by Rich Romine
Gregory King, left, receives a surprise award from Bill Blaylock for his help with Ocean View
Pony Baseball in Oxnard. King received the Joey Brown Fellowship Award during the league's
regular-season closing ceremonies. King was also named the 2007 league president.
Oxnard's Gregory King was a double winner recently. He was nominated to serve as the 2007 Ocean View Pony Baseball League president and later received the Joey Brown Fellowship Award.
"This is the second highest award," said Bill Blaylock of Quartz Hill. The highest honor would be election to the Pony Baseball Hall of Fame in Washington, Pa., home of the league since it was founded by Joey Brown in 1951.
Blaylock runs the North Region Coast Division for the Pony Leagues from San Luis Obispo to the San Fernando Valleyand the Santa Clarita Valley. Blaylockwasjoined in the awards ceremony by Elaine Magner, section director from Camarillo, and district directors Shannon and Jim May of Camarillo. Blaylock had never met King in person until Saturday during the closing ceremonies of the Ocean View regular season.
King has served as a section director for 10 years and runs the league Web site which serves families with grandparents living out of the area and military families with parents serving in the Iraq war. Blaylock said King has dedicated himself to serving youth.
"You play by the rules and you learn to live by the rules," Blaylock said, is the motto of Pony Baseball.
"I look forward to working with you (Greg) as the new president,"said Blaylock.
Rocky Minjarez was 6 in 1989 when he started playing in the Ocean View program and a year later, his team needed a coach. Minjarez asked his next-door neighbor Gregory King to coach.
"My wife (Dawn) and I said yes," he said. Minjarez said King has been inspiration to the players and always makes it fun for everyone involved in the league. Now Minjarez has a 5-year-old son Miklo playing in the Shetland Division and he's coaching too. It was 1991 when King started working on the Web site and also has helped the regional Web site.
King has been a former league president and served on all capacities of the board. King's son, Rocky, 10, plays in the Bronco Division. The Kings also have three other sons: Kevin, 24; Eddie, 20; Larry, 13. Dawn King is the league's player agent. King said Terry Pendleton was an Ocean View player when he was a 12-year-old and went on to star in the big leagues.
Pendleton made his big league debut in 1984 with the St. Louis Cardinals and played 15 years including stops in Atlanta, Florida, Cincinnati and Kansas City. He had 1,897 hits and played in 1,893 games with a .270 career average. The Agoura Pony Bronco world champion team of 2002, featuring Robert Stock, the Agoura High junior, played at Ocean View with his All-Stars and then pitched a no-hitter in the championship for the Bronco World Series against Taiwan at Monterey. They're still playing ball in the North Coast Region with a good 25,000 players. Camarillo, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Westlake and Agoura are among the Pony leagues surrounded by Little Leagues, according to Blaylock.
Ocean View will host a Shetland Tournament starting Thursday and the Pinto and Pony All-Stars will play June 16 at Ocean View and the Pony teams will play at the same time at Somis.

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