Contributor - 2000

Margaret Mutschler was a pioneer of sorts during her days while living on the south side of Corning. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, 'Nonnie', as she was fondly called by her legions of friends, coached a boys baseball team that consisted of young men in their late teens. The team competed against a number of teams from around the state and at the time Nonnie was reported to be the only grandmother in the entire country to be coaching a boys baseball team. She was more than a coach to her teams and her players to this day, remember her for her guidance and generosity of time and patience. She was mentioned on the nationally broadcasted Kate Smith radio show for her efforts with her boys. Many of the boys who played on her teams were later members of the Corning Free Academy baseball team that captured the Section 5 title in 1951. Her teams compiled a 41 ­13­1 record during her tenure against some stiff competition, but she brought so much more than wins and losses into the lives of the youngsters who played on her teams. Nonnie passed away in December of 1971 but her memory will live forever in the minds of those who were fortunate enough to be a part of her legacy.