WACO (CBSNEWS.COM) – Joe Fonteneaux was always more than a baseball coach at Paul Quinn College in Waco in the late 1970s. He was a father figure.
“We really became a family, a really close family,” he said.
In fact, Fonteneaux and his players have gotten together every summer for the past 28 years.
Lee, the team’s shortstop, said that Fonteneaux “saved” him from incarceration three decades ago, pulling him away from trouble and convincing him to go to college.
So when Fonteneaux, who has diabetes, told his players at a reunion a few years ago that he needed a new kidney, he didn’t have to get on a years-long waiting list to find a donor. He had volunteers ready to come to bat.
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