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Tim Nordbrook couldn't have conceived a more fitting way to pay tribute to his old coach, the late Sterling "Sheriff" Fowble.

Nordbrook, who played on Fowble's Baltimore sandlot teams and later was an Orioles infielder, organized the inaugural Sheriff Fowble All-Star Game, which will be played tomorrow at Memorial Stadium after the Bowie Baysox meet the New Britain Red Sox at 2:05 p.m.

Tickets to the doubleheader are $5, with proceeds going to the Sheriff Fowble Foundation, which will provide college scholarship money for youngsters who play in the all-star game, all of whom must have a grade average of B or higher.

The game will match a Metro League 14-16 all-star team against Harbor, which Fowble once coached.

Fowble, who died in December 1991 at age 76, and his wife, Virginia, coached 14-16 sandlot teams for 46 years, developing 12 players who went on to the major leagues, including Hall of Famer Al Kaline, Dave Boswell, Phil Linz, Jim Spencer, Ron Swoboda and Moose Haas.

"Sheriff and Miss Virginia never had any children of their own," Nordbrook said. "But they had hundreds of kids that they coached and helped make it through school. Sheriff did the coaching and Miss Virginia helped the kids keep up their grades, which resulted in many kids making it into college on scholarships."

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