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Fisher Cats honor trio: 1,500 wins; 3 top mentors

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 05. 2017 11:42PM
Souhegan coach Bill Dod, left, Robert Burns, former Kennett coach, and Tom Underwood, former Kennett coach, are shown in 2015. All three amassed 500 career wins. (Photo courtesy of DEBRA UNDERWOOD)

Leave it to Mike Ramshaw, president of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, to find a way to honor the only three baseball coaches of the 500-win club in Granite State high school history.

On Friday, Aug. 18 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, the Fisher Cats will honor coaches Bill Dod of Souhegan of Amherst, Tom Underwood of Plymouth and the late Robert Burns of Kennett of North Conway, who will be represented by his wife, Linda.

All three will be recognized before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start against Altoona, and Ramshaw said all three will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

"Winning 500 games is no small feat," said Ramshaw. "I mean, only three people have ever done it in state history. This was a no-brainer for me and our organization. We're honored they've accepted our invitation and what better place for them to be recognized than in front of the best baseball fans in the Eastern League."

Burns, who died at age 73 in January 2016, was the first coach to eclipse 500 wins. Burns was 513-312, leading the Eagles to two state championships and eight Final Four appearances.

Underwood surpassed Burns during the 2015 season and finished his career with a 518-257 record.

In 43 seasons at Plymouth, Underwood led the Bobcats to 13 state title games, producing six state championships.

Underwood had some remarkable winning streaks during his tenure. From 1979 to 1982, Plymouth won 57 straight games and after the streak was snapped, the Bobcats won 21 straight games.

His teams won three straight Class M titles (1980-82) and from 1980 to 1990, he coached his program to seven state championship games in 10 years, posting a 173-36 record during that decade.

Tom's wife, Debbie, daughter, Tara, and sons Kyle and Tom are expected to join Underwood at the ceremony.

In 2016 Dod became the all-time winningest coach and after this past season, his 49th overall, his record stands at 542-411.

Dod coached previously at Sanborn Regional in Kingston, Bishop Guertin of Nashua (where he won the Class L crown in 1982, 1987), Milford and has spent the last 25 seasons at Souhegan. He has guided the Sabers to a 282-190 record with two state titles in 2003 and 2016.

Dod will be accompanied by his wife, Sandy, at the ceremony and, as a longtime Pittsburgh Pirates fan, he's certainly happy the ceremony will take place with the Pirates' affiliate in town that day.

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