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Filomeno Codiñera Jr.[1] (March 25, 1939 – October 25, 2016), also known as Boy Codiñera, was a Filipino baseball and softball player. He has represented both the men's national softball and baseball teams of the Philippines.[2] He played as an outfielder in softball[3] and as a third baseman in baseball.[4]

Early life and education

Codiñera was born on March 25, 1939.[5] He attended the University of Santo Tomas as an athletic scholar and was part of the college's baseball and basketball teams.[6]

Career

Manila Bay Baseball League

From the 1950s to the 1970s, Codiñera was a member of the Canlubang Sugar Barons which dominated Manila Bay Baseball League (MBBL) and the local softball tournaments. He was also considered as part of the "Manila's Finest".[2] He also played for Ysmael Steel at the MBBL.[4]

International

Codiñera represented the Philippines in the 1968 Men's Softball World Championship in Oklahoma, United States where he hit seven consecutive doubles, a feat that was noted by the Guinness Book of World Records.[2] The team finished fourth in the 1968 edition of the softball world championship and Codiñera again represented the country in the 1972 Men's Softball World Championship hosted in Marikina.[1] In this particular tournament, he was known for his achievement of making a grand slam home run with two outs in the final inning to defeat Mexico[4]

He also represented the Philippine national baseball team at the 1966 World Amateur Baseball Championship in Hawaii where his team won a bronze medal.[2][7]

Coaching

He coached the softball and baseball teams of the Adamson University at the UAAP leading them to at least a dozen of titles.[7] He also coached the MayniLA Golden Girls, a women's softball team supported by then-Manila mayor Lito Atienza that competed in the 2001 Girls Big League Softball World Series.[8] Aside from coaching, Codiñera was appointed as the assistant coaching director for the national teams of the Philippine Sports Commission for the 1993 Southeast Asian Games[9] and the acting president of the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines in 1995,[10] also served in the same post from 2001–2002.[11] He also handled the Blu Girls national softball team program.

Honors

In February 6, 2012, Codiñera was inducted to the Adamson’s Athletes Hall of Fame due to his contribution to Adamson University's softball and baseball teams as coach despite not being an alumnus of the university.[7]

At the 2016 PSA Annual Awards, Codiñera was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.[12]

During the opening rites of the Canlubang Little League on November 5, 2016, the tournament gave their posthumous recognition to Codiñera, few days after his death.[13]

Later life and death

Codiñera spent some time as a police officer which was his profession.[4]

Codiñera suffered from two bouts of stroke which caused him to be bound to a wheelchair.[14] One of his multiple bouts strokes happened in 2004 but he recovered from it. He frequented the area around Rizal Memorial Stadium and reportedly raised his own funds to accompany the national baseball teams in international tournaments. A few years later, he died late evening on October 25, 2016 due to stroke. His remains were lied in state at the Holy Trinity Memorial in Parañaque.[6][4]

Personal life

Codiñera was married to Beatriz Guzman who was his classmate at the University of Santo Tomas.[5] Guzman was a former collegiate volleyball player for UST. They had a daughter named Pamela and three sons[4]Jerry, Harmon and Pat, all three became basketball players at the Philippine Basketball Association.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b "BLU BOYS". Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines. PJ Lhuilier Group of Companies. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Baseball great Codiñera to get Lifetime Achievement Award". The Standard Sports. 5 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Angping bares softball plans". The Philippine Star. 30 June 2002. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Terrado, Jonas; Giongco, Nick (26 October 2016). "Baseball-softball great passes away". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Alinea, Eddie (25 March 2018). "Codiñera's legacy lives on". Manila Times. Retrieved 26 March 2018. 
  6. ^ a b Trinidad, Recah (28 October 2016). "Salute to a hero, an all-time great". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c "Paeng, Calma, Codiñera head AdU honor roll". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 5 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "SOFTBALL: "MAYNI-LA GOLDEN GIRLS" READY FOR WORLD SERIES IN MICHIGAN". The Philippine Star. Newsflash. August 8, 2001. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  9. ^ "PSC steps-up gear-up for SEAG". Manila Standard'. November 5, 1992. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Taiwanese flog Pinay". Manila Standard. March 16, 1995. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  11. ^ Hilario, Edgard (May 12, 2001). "Codinera Vows to Reform ASAP". Manila Bulletin. 
  12. ^ Leongson, Randolph (16 February 2016). "Boy Codinera gets due with PSA Lifetime Achievement Award". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Philippine baseball icon Filomeno 'Boy' Codinera posthumously honored at Canlubang Little League". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. November 2, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  14. ^ Terrado, Reuben (26 October 2016). "BASEBALL Philippine baseball icon Filomeno 'Boy' Codinera passes away at 77". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 26 October 2016.