R. Gillespie, president of Pony Baseball Inc. since 1981, after serving as commissioner of
the program since 1964, came to Washington in 1958 as assistant to the first commissioner
Gillespie is a native of Springfield, IL., where he played high school football,
basketball and baseball.
He continued his football and basketball careers in the U.S. Marines and on freshman teams
at Bradley University. After graduation he joined the Illinois State Register in
Springtield and served as sports editor from 1955 until he became associated with Pony
Gillespie is a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Baseball Federation and a
member of the National Association for Sports and Physical Education Youth Sports
Coalition. He has been associated for a number of years with the Washington County Coach
of the Year banquet and was honored with the Special Award in 1971. He has also been
active in many Washington area community organizations.