Murphey Candler Little League (MCLL) has a long tradition of parent and volunteer involvement. The league was established in 1958 and has been a major part of the Robinson family.
When Ronnie Robinson, Sr. started playing for the league in 1959, it was known as Brookhaven Baseball at Murphey Candler. The league also went up to age 17, as opposed to age 12 now. He aged out in 1968 after making several all-star teams. There was no softball at this time, and only 2 main fields. There are now seven baseball diamonds and the league also sponsors a team in the North Atlanta Challenger League for children with specials needs.
Robinson’s son, Ronnie Jr., started in 1990 at MCLL and played four seasons until 1993 at 12-years-old. He played on the National League Tournament Team in 1993 and went on to play at Chamblee High, Georgia Tech, Georgia State and was drafted in 2003 to the San Diego Padres as a Starting Pitcher. After an arm injury cut his professional career short, he coached one year collegiately at Georgia State before moving on from the game.
That is until little Drew came along. Four-year-old Drew is carrying on the Robinson family tradition and is starting the MCLL spring season as a third generation baseball player.
“I have now reentered the game of baseball, coaching Drew’s four-year-old team. My father is still very active and practices with Drew and the team every opportunity he gets,” said Ronnie Robinson Jr.
Drew may be well ahead of the curve athletically. According to his Dad, “Drew has been throwing and hitting since he could stand.”
Thanks to his family’s passion for the game, Drew is beginning his baseball career at the earliest age possible in the league, age four.
Since its creation, the MCLL Major Division tournament teams have won four state championships and fourteen District 9 and District 2 championships and one ten-year-old state championship.