[caption id="attachment_11051" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/12\/Baseballs.jpg"><img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/12\/Baseballs-300x247.jpg" alt="FOUR\u2008AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALLS from Little League games, played in the early 1960s, have come home. Rev. George McCune, a volunteer umpire for the league, saved the mementoes. His sons, Larry and Jim, recently brought the baseballs back to Marlinton. S. Stewart photo" width="300" height="247" class="size-medium wp-image-11051" \/><\/a> FOUR\u2008AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALLS from Little League games, played in the early 1960s, have come home. Rev. George McCune, a volunteer umpire for the league, saved the mementoes. His sons, Larry and Jim, recently brought the baseballs back to Marlinton. S. Stewart photo[\/caption]\r\nFormer residents Larry McCune and Jim McCune visited The Pocahontas Times office a few weeks ago to \u201cbring home\u201d some memorabilia from the days of their childhood spent in Marlinton.\r\nThe name, McCune, will bring back memories in itself for a lot of people, as their father, Rev. George McCune, served as minister at Marlinton United Methodist Church for several years.\r\nIn addition to his pastoral duties, Rev. McCune volunteered as umpire for the Little League baseball teams \u2013 mementoes of which he literally carried with him for the rest of his life.\r\nRev. McCune is now deceased, and his sons recently came across four, signed baseballs which their dad had kept, and indeed, the family had kept for more than 50 years.\r\nThe game balls are not signed by professional players, but the signatures will hold special meaning to the Marlinton Little League players as well as their families.\r\n\u00a0One game ball is simply marked \u201cBeckley. 7-26-62. 13 \u2013 6.\u201d\r\n\u00a0The second is marked \u201c1962 Marlinton All Stars. Beat Ronceverte and Rainelle. Lost to Beckley.\u201d It is signed by G. W. McCune, Thomas Lane, Delmas Barb, John Hayslett, Robert Hilleary, Richard Wright, John Kenney, Teddy Dunbrack, Paul Broce, Tom Clutter and Donnie Skaggs.\r\n\u00a0The third is marked \u201c1963 Marlinton All Stars. G. W. McCune, Eugene Underwood. Lose. Quinwood. 11-9.\u201d It is signed by Delmas Barb, Billy Maddy, Herby McClure, Robert Hilleary, Michael Anderson, Donnie Skaggs, Doug Morrison, Ronnie Wynn and Wayne Hall.\r\n\u00a0The fourth ball is from the 1964 game vs Ronceverte, score: 3 \u2013 4. It is signed by Doug Morrison, Walter Weiford, Billy Maddy, Mike Cain, John Long, Ronnie Evans, Johnnie Cain, Mike Broce, Willie Sparks, James Baxter, Eddie Carr, Mike Anderson, Wade Sharp, Bubby Barb, Tommy Workman, and two names that are not clearly identifiable.\r\n\u00a0Jim and Larry told about the day that Marlinton Methodist Church was to host a District Meeting. Someone was sent to the Little League field to fetch the pastor. The boys recall that their father said, \u201cWe are in extra innings. The meeting will have to go on without me.\u201d\r\nPlayers and families are welcome to stop by The Pocahontas Times office to see these bits of sports history. \r\nThe autographed game balls will go to the Pocahontas County Historical Society Museum in the spring.