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Baseball: Former Canoga Park coach Doug MacKenzie dies at 85

Doug MacKenzie, who loved baseball and Canoga Park High, died last Thursday at his home in Glendale after a long illness. He was 85.

MacKenzie coached baseball at Canoga Park for 37 years, guiding the Hunters to the 1987 City Section championship at Dodger Stadium in his final season. It is considered one of the greatest accomplishments in City sports history because Canoga Park played its home games at Lanark Park, which had no mound, and the Hunters were able to keep enough of their players while others had transferred to powers Chatsworth and Woodland Hills El Camino Real.

"He wore the green and white through and through," said Mike Scyphers, a former Simi Valley baseball coach who played for MacKenzie at Canoga Park for three years in the late 1960s. "He was a Hunter from the get-go. He was so dedicated."

Born May 2, 1926 in Los Angeles, MacKenzie attended Eagle Rock and Occidental College. He received a Purple Heart when wounded during World War II when he was in the Army.

He arrived at Canoga Park in 1950. He also coached Class B and C basketball. After retiring from Canoga Park, he continued to coach baseball at several other schools, including Ribet and Burbank Bell-Jeff.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Anita, and sons Colin and Doug. He will be cremated.

-- Eric Sondheimer

 

 
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Aaron Marks

I was a member of the 1987 Championship baseball team at CPHS and while his methods were different than most he brought us together, kept us together and led us to believe we could win no matter what. That night at Dodger Stadium playing and winning the City Championship is still vivid in my mind and I'm sure in the minds of my teammates. He convinced us that practicing and playing at Lanark Park was an advantage, like taking 100 ground balls everyday on that in field...We had a few great ball players (Mike U., Adam S., Mike K.) and a bunch of guys that worked really hard but most of all we had one hell of a good time...Mac RIP

chris hatley

he was a motivitational leader to us all, his levels of integrity surpassed our skill sets, he always wanted the best for his students and players, we all became better men and players for knowing him, i was lucky to be his student and player, thanks god bless


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