La Rue, a league member for just one year, was tragically murdered at her workplace in 1993.

"Cindy represented what our league was all about. She was an exuberant personality who enjoyed participating each week and who came to play hard, make friends and have fun," McAfee said.

During the games, La Rue would babysit the kids of the opposing team when it was on the field.

Each year, the league honors one player on each team who best exemplifies La Rue's spirit.

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In 2005, McAfee relinquished his commissioner's position.

"I thought it was time to step aside and give it to someone else. Someone who had new thoughts and new ideas," he said.

"Skip was a good commissioner. He did the behind-the-scenes stuff that you'd never see and he was good at it," said Ron Beck, the league's unofficial poet laureate.

Turning over the commissioner's duties gave McAfee his Sundays back. He suddenly had time to read the Sunday newspapers and work on his hobbies, which include indexing baseball books for authors.

It also freed him up to devote more time to editing the third edition of the Dickson Baseball Dictionary (all 10,000 terms and 18,000 definitions). "A staggering piece of scholarship," the Wall Street Journal said.

McAfee didn't stay on the sidelines long. He joined the Baltimore Beltway Senior Softball League as a player and quickly became its commissioner, a post he held for five years.