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Louis P. "Tony" Antimi was a baseball player and coach and an avid groundskeeper. He worked for the Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department from 1954 to 1975, and the Antimi Sports Complex in Cosmopolitan Park is named after him.
Born: Oct. 22, 1907
Died: Aug. 2, 2003
Married to Rose Tremaine Antimi and had three children — Domenica Ally, Patricia Namlick and Carl Antimi
Antimi was born aboard a ship bound for the United States from Italy. He competed in baseball and coached both baseball and softball teams, including the local Ban Johnson baseball team for which former Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Jim Ritter played.
Antimi worked as a full-time employee for the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department for 22 years. From this position, he maintained the city's baseball fields, golf courses and recreational facilities. He even continued working part time for the department after retiring.
The Missouri Amateur Softball Association inducted Antimi into its Hall of Fame for his service in March 1990.
The Parks and Recreation Department named the Antimi Sports Complex and the Antimi Shelter in Cosmo Park after him in 1975. The complex was rededicated to him in 2007.
Besides playing baseball and softball, Antimi also served in the Korean War, enjoyed bowling and was inducted into the Columbia Bowling Hall of Fame in 1975. He had three children with his wife, Rose Tremaine Antimi. He met Rose on a blind date in 1931.
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Updated: May 8, 2014