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Winningest baseball coach in Mississippi high school history retires, leaves legacy

When Jerry Boatner arrived at West Lauderdale (Miss.) High School in 1974, baseball was played on the old football practice field. Chicken wire served as a backstop. Each dugout consisted of a board placed across two stumps.
When the administration said there was no money for improvements, Boatner went to the bank and borrowed $80,000