Beckley, WV baseball: A bit of an anomaly

While most baseball franchises exist to make money, the roles are most definitely reversed in the case for Doug Epling, owner of the West Virginia Miners.

His success in the business world helped finance an epic ballpark in Beckley that has played host to top-flight hardball — from area middle school and high school programs, to area college teams, to even championship-caliber Prospect League contests.

Linda K. Epling Stadium on Ragland Road, named for Epling’s devoted wife, is a vision fulfilled, and one he happily provides his community.

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