Dennis Pope graduated from Lincoln High School in 1968 and was a member of the Lincoln High School baseball team. He participated in all phases of American Legion Baseball.
Dennis drowned in Pawnee Lake on July 14, 1968. At that time, his family was approached by the American Legion and coaches, suggesting that this memorial award be established. A fund was also established to provide for the annual presentation.
Each season, the Dennis Pope Memorial Sportsmanship Award is given to a senior American Legion Baseball player who has demonstrated true sportsmanship during that season--and upholds the creed of the American Legion Baseball program.
Selected as the recipient of the 2019 Dennis Pope Memorial Sportsmanship
Award was Josh Hain. Josh graduated from Lincoln South West High School
Presentation of the 2018 Dennis Pope Memorial Sportsmanship Award was
made by Jon Sterns at the annual Post 3 American Legion Baseball Volunteers’ appreciation dinner held at Valentino’s on September 26th.
Josh's parents and step mother accepted the award. Josh is attending college and was unable to attend.
Josh was nominated by his coach Mitch Vernon. Josh played for Pinnacle Band Lincoln Southwest Legion.
Coach Vernon wrote this about Josh in his nomination. Josh was truly a genuine person and teammate for out team this summer. Sometimes as a coach you worry about seniors being too eager to start their college careers. That was not the case with Josh. Josh was the epitome of a selfless teammate. Josh was a pitcher for our team, so he made an appearance every 5th or 6th game, but you couldn't tell based on his energy and enthusiasm for each game. Whether we were in a tight ball game, a blow out in favor of us or against us, Josh was one of the most consistent teammates this summer. We preached the power of being a positive teammate, Josh was just what we asked him to be. Picking up teamates when they're down and celebrating their success as if it was his own. Josh wanted nothing more for this team to be a state champion and in the games where that dream ended you could tell the heartbreak Josh had. I think every team would benefit from a teammate like Josh.