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Baseball game aims to save lives and remember deceased teammate

Chip Cummings Field in Plattsburgh decorated with Brian Mehan’s initials and number in his honor. 
Brian Mehan crossing the feild in full catcher’s gear.

Chip Cummings Field in Plattsburgh decorated with Brian Mehan’s initials and number in his honor. Brian Mehan crossing the feild in full catcher’s gear.

— Doorey said when he first met Mehan he was a “top recruit” for the team as a catcher and a first baseman.

“He was strong and a great player, we were really looking forward to having him take the field,” said Doorey.

During Mehan’s sophomore season, Doorey said Mehan was always tired and the doctors couldn’t find a reason for it, until one test came back confirming he had leukemia.

“He underwent treatment for a year and then wanted to be back on the field for the spring 2007 season, he was really ready to come back, he practiced with us all fall,” said Doorey. “Then he came to my office one day and said ‘coach we’ve got to talk’ and he told me they found more cancer.”

Mehan went through more treatments, chemotherapy and went into surgery to have a bone marrow transplant at Dartmouth Medical Center.

“They were going in, but when they opened him up they saw he had even more cancer than they thought,” Doorey said. “They stitched him back up and they brought him home and I got to spend a whole day with him at his home here.”

Doorey said Mehan died on March 2, 2008, a few days before his birthday. Mehan would have been 20 years old.

“He was young, too young,” said Doorey. “It really puts everything into perspective, especially puts baseball into perspective.

“As a coach sometimes you get a little crazy or your expectations of players can get a little crazy. We put so much emphasis on winning,” said Doorey. “But at the end of the game our players are still alive and it’s just a baseball game, we need to just go out and do our best. This has changed the way I look at things for sure.”

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