Dave Steagall, Class of 1956

Dave(Grandpa) 1986 Hall of Fame 001DAVE STEAGALL  CLASS OF 1956. Dave Steagall was an outstanding high school athlete and student leader at Ste. Genevieve High School. He was a varsity letterman in football, basketball, and baseball, and was a team captain in all three sports, and served as a mentor to grade school boys after school. He was active in the school play and weight lifting.

Mr. Steagall’s passion for sports carried over into his adult life. He became a mainstay in Ste. Genevieve’s youth sports programs for his entire life. He spent 34 years involved in amateur baseball in Ste. Genevieve in many various roles. He was a charter member of the Ste. Genevieve Yanks Baseball Club in 1963 and was instrumental in the building of Yanks Field. He played amateur baseball for 19 years after high school, first with the Zell Baseball Club for 5 years and for 14 years with the Ste. Genevieve Yanks.

From 1976 through 1983, Dave Steagall managed the Ste. Genevieve American Legion Post 150 baseball team, while also managing youth teams in the Ste. Genevieve Babe Ruth League. He served as Business Manager for the Ste. Genevieve Yanks organization for several years, performing tasks such as purchasing equipment, organizing teams, and making schedules for all of the amateur teams in Ste. Genevieve. In addition, Mr. Steagall volunteered countless hours every summer helping to maintain Yanks Field, preparing the field for games, working in the concession stand, or filling in when an umpire was needed. For the better part of three decades, it would indeed be a rare occasion to not see Mr. Steagall, or “Pops” as he would eventually be known by his players, at a baseball game at Yanks Field, volunteering his time in whatever capacity was needed, even after working all day at his day time job. Through the volunteer efforts of many people from Mr. Steagall’s generation, including himself, Ste. Genevieve’s Yanks field was built and maintained as one of the finest baseball fields in Missouri, and establishing a Ste. Genevieve tradition of outstanding amateur baseball.

Dave Steagall was a registered official for high school baseball and football, and the American Legion baseball.  In his last year of officiating high school football in 1993, he was honored with a special request to officiate in the high school football playoffs in his final season, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. Mr. Steagall turned down the offer, knowing that he could not give 100% to the job.

Mr. Steagall served in the U.S. Army Reserves, and a member of the Ste. Genevieve Elks. In 1975, he was awarded the William B. “Doc” Doyle Award for community service with youth sports. In 1986, he was inducted into the Southeast Missouri Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Steagall worked for many years for Klein Plumbing and Heating until being hired as the first Director of Maintenance for the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District. The Steagall family owned the local Dairy Queen for several years, providing jobs for area teenagers.

Mr. Steagall’s community service extended beyond youth sports. He was a volunteer firefighter, volunteer maintenance man for Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church and the nun’s convent, volunteer handyman for numerous neighbors and friends, and active in fighting floods in Ste. Genevieve. Mr. Steagall was always willing to lend a helping hand anytime someone or the community needed help.

Dave Steagall passed away in 1994, but his passion for sports and his lifetime of community service in youth sports has influenced a generation of Ste. Genevieve youths. The Ste. Genevieve Yanks award a scholarship each year in Dave Steagall’s name. His legacy has lived on through his many children and grandchildren who have gone on to become outstanding athletes at SGHS. Dave and his wife, Kay, raised seven children; Shelly, DJ, Lori, Paul, Mike, Pat, and Kara. Kay Steagall was a long time secretary in the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District. Besides their children, survivors include 18 grandchildren, 7 step grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and 3 great step grandchildren.

 

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