Bob Long took over the American Legion baseball program in 1964 after coaching little league and youth all-star teams from 1956-1963. After one year of coaching the team and a third place finish in the district tournament, he asked Ray Houser to coach the team and he remained on board as the business manager.
A manager in Legion baseball is responsible for the conduct of the team off the field, certifying the eligibility of the team members according to Legion rules and attending all state and district functions involving Legion Baseball.
Along with carrying out the above duties, Bob raised all the money to support the team by soliciting local merchants for donations. He scheduled all the games, arranged the transportation (which was parents driving cars). He kept score and announced home games (with some help), made programs, ran tournaments, did all the purchasing of equipment and took up collections at home games. He also selected the coach each year and arranged for the umpires. Bob did this for eleven years, from 1965-1975. He returned in 1994 and 1995, but was only a figurehead manager at this time.
They placed third in the American Legion National Regional Tournament in Bismarck, North Dakota in 1966. During his tenure as business manager, his teams won seven District Championships and placed fourth, twice and second three times in State Tournaments.