Dave Walker crowned King of Baseball

Dave Walker began a grassroots campaign for the Burlington Bees' stadium. (Burlington Bees)

By Minor League Baseball | December 7, 2007 5:00 AM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dave Walker, a long-time Minor League Baseball Board of Trustees (BOT) member, was named the "2007 King of Baseball" Thursday night at the annual Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet. The "King of Baseball" is a long-standing tradition in which Minor League Baseball salutes a veteran from the professional baseball world for long-time dedication and service.

In addition to serving on the BOT, when he served for a time as its chairman, Walker was a baseball industry leader in Washington, D.C., when the game's antitrust laws were being challenged.

Walker also began a grassroots campaign for stadium funding in Burlington, Iowa, home of the Midwest League's Burlington Bees. He has donated much time and money towards the community-owned franchise for many years.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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