Ted RakichGot the "Blues" at only 19 years old, when a shoulder injury suffered in football action at Central High in 1939 also curtailed his playing career on the baseball diamond. Ted had been a strong-armed center fielder and a .300 hitter for Class EE Davidson Grocery, Class B Tasty Market, and Akron Blues teams before being knocked out of playing action, as he could not shake the injury during the 1940 season. After a stint in the service, Ted began a brilliant coaching and managing career with the Akron Braves Class F Championship team, and in 1955 he enjoyed the "Baseball Blues" by starting another winning association on the youth level...this time with the outstanding Akron Blues teams of the late fifties. The Blues completely dominated teams from the area and had outstanding success on the State and National levels as they piled up numerous City, County, and State titles. In 1960, after helping Fred Malagio at Central High, Ted took the Central Blues team to its best finish ever when they battled to become National runner-up that year. Ted has fond memories of all his players, but feels the high points of his career were helping and watching the development of Rick Handy, Art Kusnyer, and son Carl move from the youth leagues into college and class AA play, and have all three receive the coveted Frank Garcia MVP Award, and also be on hand when all three were inducted into The Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame.