|Joe Macko and Bobby Bragan: Still Bringing Smiles to Metroplex Families|
The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation has received a gift from the Steve Macko Scholarship Fund in the amount of $50,000, which will establish a perpetual, named scholarship, to be awarded to a specially selected BBYF winner each year.
“We are humbled and honored that the Joe Macko family continues to carry on the great work of the Steve Macko Scholarship Fund by creating a perpetual scholarship with us,” said John Esch, a good friend of both Joe and Bobby Bragan, and a BBYF board member. “You can just picture Joe and Bobby,long-time friendly baseball rivals (Fort Worth Cats vs. Dallas Eagles), sharing a smile about the benefits they are providing the children of the Metroplex.”
Joe Macko, who passed away on Dec. 26, 2014, was a big supporter of Bobby and his foundation.
Macko was a regular at the annual BBYF Gala every fall, and touched thousands of lives in his 63-year involvement with professional baseball. He played minor league baseball in both Fort Worth and Dallas in the 1950s and became a member of the Texas Rangers organization when the team relocated to Arlington from Washington, DC in 1971. Macko became home clubhouse manager the following year and moved to the visiting clubhouse from 1995-2000. After retirement, Macko assumed the role of the team’s Goodwill Ambassador, making hundreds of personal appearances over the next 12 years.
Joe met his wife, Dorothy, while playing for the Burlington, Iowa team. They shared 55 years of marriage and raised daughters, Karen and Linda, and sons, Steve and Mike. Steve and Mike carried on the Macko baseball tradition as varsity players at Baylor and TCU respectively. Steve went into professional baseball and was a promising infielder for the Chicago Cubs when he was injured on a play at second base. Tragically, x-rays of the injury also revealed advanced cancer.
In Steve’s memory, the Macko’s established the Steve Macko Scholarship Fund. Since 1986, the fund has provided college scholarships to worthy young students with funds raised from golf tournaments and distance runs. The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation is deeply honored that the Macko family’s dedication to providing scholarship assistance has led them to create a perpetual scholarship with BBYF.