Bahamian sports legend and pitching icon Frankie “Cinderella” Sweeting has died.
Sweeting, a former national team pitcher and father of former Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) President Theodore “Teddy” Sweeting, passed away early Sunday morning at the age of 76 after suffering from complications of internal bleeding.
During his heyday, Sweeting was regarded as a fearless pitcher, challenging the most potent batsmen both at home and abroad.
At home, he led the local league in wins and strikeouts on many occasions, and abroad, he helped The Bahamas earn a reputation as a respected nation in baseball with his stellar pitching. In 1969, Sweeting was the star of the Bahamian team which finished seventh in a National Baseball Congress (NBC) Tournament in Wichita, Kansas, USA. Sweeting picked up all three victories for The Bahamas from the mound, putting his name in the record books of the tournament.
Sweeting was also instrumental in the formation of the Nassau Baseball Association in 1994. He served as the manager of the Buttons Formal Wear team, which won the first three pennants and championships in the league. He later coached and managed the team his son played for, the Dudley’s Panthers.
The Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) extends sincere condolences to Andrea Sweeting and the family of the late Frankie “Cinderella” Sweeting on his passing.
Sweeting will forever be remembered in the local baseball community, and in sports circles in general, for his contributions to the sport of baseball.
A BBA statement read: “The BBA lost one of its pioneers and national heroes. He was a standout pitcher, a deserving Hall of Famer, a devoted Anglican, a pioneer in the hospitality industry and a dedicated husband and father. Cinderella, thank you for all the special memories, the fun times, the laughter, but most of all, thank you for being the giant you once were. Not only will you be missed, you are indeed irreplaceable. We take comfort and joy in knowing you have taken flight to receive your heavenly rewards and your crown of glory. Rest in peace forever, Frankie ‘Cinderella’ Sweeting.”
The Nassau Guardian Sports Team also extends sincere condolences to the family of the late Frankie “Cinderella” Sweeting on his passing.
May he rest in peace.
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