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‘We will miss his love, guidance and smile’

THE CNMI baseball community will surely miss his love, guidance and smile.

Those years they shared together in the name of baseball have passed but CNMI Little League District Administrator James Ada has vivid memory of how his mentor Francisco Tun Ko Muna Palacios raised him up to become a sports leader himself.

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Tun Ko sits next to CNMI Little League District Administrator James Ada during last year’s opening of the youth baseball program at the baseball field named in honor of him.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

“One of the most memorable moments that I cherished and it will stay in my memory as long as I live is when we played in the 1979 senior league district tournament in Guam versus six Guam teams. We lost four straight games so we hopped in the bus on our way to our guest house in Piti,” Ada remembers.

“The legend told us that if we don’t win the next game he will inform my dad that we will never join the tournament again. Lo and behold we defeated the undefeated team central under the lights that we have never played at the Paseo stadium. And that forces them to play the championship with northwest and eventually northwest won the tournament and advances to the Far East in Taiwan,” said Ada who have known Tun Ko since he was eight years old.

He recalled that every Little League season opening in the 70s the late Guam Little League district administrators Ben Munoz and Greg Calvo would gather at his house for dinner with his late father, Gilbert D. Ada who at that time was the president of the Saipan Little League.

Tun Ko was very knowledgeable in the game of baseball, a well respected gentleman all over the Micronesian region, Ada said.

 “He has taught a lot of us on how to do stats. I do recall him saying no matter how you illustrate in stats make sure that you know what you posted on the scorebook such as who knocked in that run, who’s the winning pitcher, total errors committed etc.

Tun Ko became Ada’s senior advisor in 1996. From then on they travelled to Rota, Tnian and Guam for the district and regional tournament.

 “And he does not like to travel farther than Guam. Tun ko will always inform the press announcer to announce individual stats as well as individual records past and present,” Ada said.

“I will surely miss his love, advice, guidance, knowledge and smile in the name of baseball. Adios tan ko. Si yu’us ma’asse and thank you for all that you have done for our great commonwealth,” Ada said.