Posted: Aug 31, 2012 9:41 PM by Jake Schlegel
Updated: Aug 31, 2012 10:11 PM
MEXICO -- After working on the Mexico chain gang team for 44 years, Bob Kirgan unexpectedly passed away in a car accident this summer. On Friday, August 24, his three children carried the first down chains across the field to honor him.
"We're very proud to be here, very happy to be here and very honored. He was just really liked, and I think adored by many," said Bob Kirgan's son, Tim.
Kirgan loved sports. He moved to Mexico in the 1960s and immediately began umpiring baseball games.
"The baseball season ended and I'm not sure he knew what to do with himself, so there was an opening on the chain gang and opportunity to volunteer, and then it just became a tradition and went from there," said Tim Kirgan.
Kirgan joined the Mexico chain gang team back in 1967 and in 44 years the man missed only one game for the birth of his first grandchild.
"Our son was born, Ryan was born on September 4th of 1992," said Tim Kirgan.
"He was like an automatic. He's been here times when he was sick and stuff like that. We tried to get him to go home, 'Nope gonna be here, I wanna be part of the game.' Dedicated to the program," said current Mexico chain gang member Chuck Rentschler.