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Mike Mathews - Sports

November 24, 2009

A dream became reality for many because of Femi


“We got to sit in the Detroit Tigers dugout before the game, and Easton got to sit in the Orioles dugout,’’ Ted said. We both lined up on the field and both teams were presented trophies — as state champions. That’s what the trophy said.”

Femi coached from 1950 to 1958, then again from 1975-1979. Son Ted was a successful head coach at Bishop Walsh from 1970-1978. Another son, Brian, is the head coach at St. Michaels, and has led his team two two Maryland state championships, most recently in 2008.

From no Little League to state champions, sort of, in five short years. That’s a small part of the legacy of Ted T. Femi. The larger part is the number of players who got the opportunity to play Little League baseball that so many others before them didn’t.

And in a nice, clean woolly uniform, too. Who could’ve asked for anything more?

Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. He can be reached at

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