Tom Boveington has seen it all in the evolution of what today is known as the very successful Roy Hobbs Baseball leagues in northern Ohio. The former Garfield High School baseball standout always would be on hand in 1988 when a group of maturing baseball enthusiasts met at a local field to pick teams and play ball. A power hitter on Hillwood and Firestone Park Little League teams in the early 1960s, he has been a fixture in the Roy Hobbs leagues ever since, appearing in the Roy Hobbs World Series in Florida as a player and manager in all but one of the 25 events. Competing against younger players never bothered Boveington. He played in 3 age brackets for 5 years and was in 2 different classifications for 3 more years.
Boveington, who played and managed the Akron Colt 45s for 10 years in the Akron league and Hobbs World Series, captured MVP awards 6 times in the Roy Hobbs World Series. Always a prolific power hitter, he hit 8 home runs for the Dodgers 40s team, 2 for the Colt 45s 30s and 1 homer for the Clippers 18-and-over team for a total of 11 home runs in one season. Boveington also was selected by his peers as the team representative to the NEORH All-Star Game more than 10 times in various league age divisions. He has given back to the game by coaching his son Bryan’s teams starting in T-ball and continuing for 12 years. He guided 3 teams to district championship games.