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Distributor's Link Magazine Summer Issue 2014

58 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S

58 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK By John Wolz editor@globalfastenernews.com DAVCO EMPLOYEES GIVE 88 YEAR OLD COLLEAGUE MEMORIES OF HIS BASEBALL CAREER Davco Fastener Co. employees compiled a PowerPoint presentation on an 88-year-old colleague’s baseball career – including his stint with the St. Louis Cardinals. Dick Potts played in the minor leagues in the late 1940s and early 1950s and with the Cardinals in 1948, according to the Twinsburg Bulletin. "Dick, this is a condensed version of 'This is Your Life,'" warehouse manager Bob Iorillo told Potts as he entered a room filled with employees, cake, balloons and a projection screen. "Like the cherished members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, you're our cherished member. You could really flash the leather." A headline in a mid-1950s sports section of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reads "Aaron hits two as Braves win." Below the sub-head reads, "Potts homers as Radiarts win." Davco’s Ohio headquarters staff members “embraced the slick-fielding third baseman, giving their part-time colleague a memory to cherish with all of those he made on the diamond in years past,” Twinsburg Bulletin reporter Andrew Schunk wrote. Employees Casey Urosek, Sharon Carcioppolo and Iorillo and Dick's younger brother, Davco CEO Dave Potts, researched old clippings and headlines from Columbus and Northeast Ohio papers to compile memories of his baseball career. Employees Gave Potts A Glove And An Engraved Bat "This is more important than anything I've had happen to me," the Twinsburg Bulletin quoted Potts. "Baseball has always meant everything to me ... this means more than I can say." Dave Potts Sr., who founded Davco 30 years ago, said his older brother had always lamented not saving his baseball heirlooms. "He was always saying, 'I wish I would have kept this or that,'" Dave Potts told Schunk. "The man eats, sleeps and breathes baseball." "When you talk to Dick about his baseball past, the passion in his eyes and the stories are so touching," Urosek said. "We wanted to recreate some of those memories for him." Decades after the standard retirement age, Dick Potts says he is happy to work in the family-owned distributorship several days a week. For more information visit Davco Fastener Co. on the internet at www.davcofastener.com

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