loved sports, he was an avid golfer, loved to ski and play hockey, but his
passion was baseball. He played every chance he could get, whether that
was in the backyard, at the little league field or with his school. He was
the starting first baseman for the Pearl River Pirates Varsity team. The
team has retired his number in his memory.
The Pearl River Diamond Club has renamed their annual tournament.
It is now the
Kayser Memorial Tournament'
2003 Pearl River Pirates
Varsity Baseball Team
Billy is in the back row 6th
from the right.
This picture was taken the day before the accident.
"Against All Odds"
The story of the 2003 Pearl River
Pirates Baseball Team
We started off as 20 strangers but in
the end we finished with 19 brothers and 1 Angel. We have shared everything
from laughs to tears. As each one of our brothers fell, there was one right by
their side sticking their hand out helping them up. With each tear that rolled
down our cheek there was always someone to wipe them away. The tears we have
shared changed us from friends to family and boys into men.
In a perfect world we ride off
into the sunset hoisting a state championship trophy but life isn't a fairy tale
and there are disappointments. The season went from the indoor practices of
March to the tears of April and the section semi final run in May.
Unfortunately our high expectations in the beginning of the season were stopped
by fate, which never gave us a chance to take the field at full strength. With
many injuries and the tragic death of beloved teammate William "Billy" Kayser
left the lineup with many voids to fill. People who took the responsibility and
got the job done filled these voids. The season started at rock bottom, many
doubted us, except ourselves. Some days it was hard to put on our uniforms as
we paid tributes to our hero, but there were some days when we took Billy's
lively spirit, applying it to the game making it fun again. There is no doubt
in any of our minds that during the year we had an angel lifting us up when we
needed help and pushing us when we faltered. In the process of mourning Billy's
death, but most importantly celebrating his life, we all took different roads,
but ended up in the same place. With many things ending pre-maturely this year,
our brotherhood will not, and will last a lifetime. The baby steps we took to
overpower adversity and accomplish what we did this season are immeasurable and
the bonds we formed are unforgettable.
With the baseball season over,
the wins and loses do not matter. As adversity struck us at every angle we did
not falter. We laughed together, we cried together but most importantly when we
fell as individuals we rose stronger and more powerful than ever imaginable, as
a family. As the most memorable baseball season of our lives is now complete I
leave you with this. Please do not forget the memories we shared or the
teammates who picked you up off the ground to wipe away your tears. Always
remember each and every one of us. No matter how long we have not spoken for or
how far away we are from each other, whether we are across the world or through
the Gates of Heaven, we will always be a family. As we continue on through life
and go our separate ways the 2003 Pearl River Pirates baseball team will
ALWAYS remain 19 brothers and 1 Angel.
They were the Dare Tournament Champions that year.
Billy is in the first row, 3rd from the right.
banner is now hanging at the Pearl River Little League field in Billy's honor.
spent a lot of his time both playing and working at the little league.
Senior League (2002)
The Pearl River Roller Hockey has
established the William "Billy" Kayser TournamentThe trophy is pictured on Billy's Legacy page
May 2000 Trip to Yankee
I had these keychains made up as a
Christmas gift from Billy to all his relatives and closest friends.
Although I'm sure the boys didn't
notice, I did, there was a butterfly on the field during both games.
The Pearl River Little League dedicated a field in honor of Billy 6/26/04.
The new scoreboard at Veterans Memorial Park.
The new scoreboard at Pearl River High School.
The song playing is 'Centerfield' by John Fogerty