March 27, 2001 11:00 pm

Ron Hunt formed his Eagles Baseball Association 15 years ago, to instruct boys 15 through 18 in the fundamental skills of baseball.

Of the young men mentored through his international organization, 168 have received partial or full scholarships to leading colleges.

During the off-season it is not uncommon to find Hunt in some obscure hamlet on a rainy Friday morning, at an Indian reservation in Canada or in Holland conducting a baseball clinic for young hopefuls, to help their field of dreams become a reality.

Over a 12-year career, Hunt wore the colors of five ball clubs. He made his professional debut in the Milwaukee Braves organization, but his big-league baptism came with the New York Mets in 1963, after he jumped from Class AA. In 1966, the Mets traded him to the Dodgers, and Los Angeles traded him a year later to the San Francisco Giants. He finished his career in Montreal and St. Louis.

Hunts career batting average was .273 with an on-base percentage of .368. But he was better known for getting on base by getting hit by pitches.

When he retired in 1974 he held the major league record of getting hit by pitches 243 times. He set a major league record by getting hit 50 times in the 1971 season, his first in Montreal, and led the National League in that category each season from 1968 through 1973.

Hunt was part of the 1964 and 1966 All-Star teams and was named to The Sporting News National League All-Star team in 1964.

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Story by Gary Fletcher