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Saturday, April 13, 1996, Mayor Julian Price announced at the Decatur Dixie Youth Baseball National League’s opening day ceremony that the baseball fields at Point Mallard were being named in honor of former Mayor Bill J. Dukes. Bill J. Dukes coached Little League and Pony League youth baseball during 1958-1970. Mr. Dukes umpired over 30 years for youth, high school and college baseball. He received the Danny Jones Award from the Dixie Youth Baseball for his lifetime of service to the sport of baseball. In 1962, Bill J. Dukes helped organize the Decatur Youth Football Association and served as president for seven years and treasurer for eight years. In 1968, Bill J. Dukes began a political career when he served on the Decatur City Council. In 1971, he served five years as an assistant to the mayor, followed by 18 years of service as the Mayor for the City of Decatur. Mr. Dukes served as a representative in the Alabama Legislature from 1994-2010.
Even after taking office for the State Legislature, Bill J. Dukes found time to umpire youth baseball games for the Northwest Baseball Association.rn