JUNE 12, 2016: Mason Livingston 1921-2006

Mason Livingston has done more than anyone else in South Carolina to nurture the state American Legion baseball program through the years. Fittingly he could be called “Mr. American Legion Baseball” for South Carolina. Mr. Livingston was born in Livingston, South Carolina in 1921 to Melvin K. and Pearl W. Livingston. He attended grammar school there and high school in North, South Carolina. Mason was only seven years old when his father died. He worked at several different jobs until entering the army in March, 1942 during World War II. He went ashore in France right after D-Day and saw much action at St. Lo, the Brest peninsula, Metz, and the Battle of the Bulge. Of the 300 days he experienced on the European continent, 277 of them were in combat time. As a result he was awarded five Bronze Stars as well as a presidential unit citation. In 1947 Mr. Livingston began his civil service career as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. His involvement with the American Legion began in 1945. Because of his love of baseball, he began as a volunteer with their baseball program. By 1961 he was appointed as the athletic director for American Legion Post 4 here, a position he held until 1970. His teams won three state championships during those years. He was also very instrumental in having Orangeburg selected as the site for the 1966 American Legion World Series for the entire United States. Mr. Livingston also served on the state baseball committee beginning in 1974 for almost 25 years, as well as being the state chairman for about 10 years. Locally he has been the Post Commander on two different occasions and served as the District Commander for almost 20 years. In 1992 Mr. Livingston was honored as South Carolina’s Co-Legionnaire of the Year. His devotion to the American Legion and American Legion baseball were unparalleled. Mr. Livingston married the former Annie Ruth Dominick, and they had two sons, Marion and Al. He died in 2006 after 60 years of devotion to the American Legion.

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