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Charlie Beauchamp, 17 yr old Boca Ciega High School scholar athlete, died yesterday at Mound Park Hospital from injuries suffered in a baseball game last Friday. He is St Pete's first athlete fatality since sports were incorporated into the city public high school program shortly before 1920. Beauchamp was injured during a Boca Ciega- Bishop Barry baseball game last Friday when he was flipped during a collision at second base. He landed on his back. He underwent a tracheotomy and brain surgery but died yesterday morning from a malfunction of the kidney.

A scholar, Beauchamp was selected for the National Honor Society and had received an academic scholarship from Mercer (GA) University the day of the accident. An athlete, Beauchamp was a three year Varsity halfback and a baseball letterman. He was one of Boca Ciega's leading hitters and one of the top second basemen in Pinellas County. As a citizen, Beauchamp was active in the choir, Letterman's Club, Exchange Club and was a vocalist for the musical group, The Emotions.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, at 4PM, at Pasadena Community Church. The family has asked that flowers be omitted and contributions be sent to the Charles Beauchamp Memorial Fund Scholarship Fund, Boca Ciega High School, Richard L. Jones, trustee. A benefit dance, with all proceeds going into the fund will be held Sunday from 4-10PM at the Armory on 38th Avenue South. The armory has donated its facility and 11 area bands have donated their talents.

Charlie was a fighter, a battler who never knew when to give up. He battled to the very end yesterday before kidney failure took his life. Charlie had gained and slipped, gained again and slipped in his battle to overcome brain damage suffered in a freak baseball accident last Friday. The kidney failure came after the 17 yr old had battled back from a tracheotomy and brain surgery. And when Charlie died yesterday, Boca Ciega High School seemed to die a little too.

When THE announcement came yesterday, the school became silent. It was as if every student and every teacher had lost a good friend with so many crying. It was still quiet at the lunch hour which is usually a very noisy period. "He was the spirit of our baseball team", said Coach McPhaul. He said,"We use to call him "coach" . He would go out and do the job and he only weighed 130 lbs at the time."Coach Wickline, the football coach, called him a battler. "We would give him the ball  from the one yard line just as soon as we'd give it to a 200 lb kid. He was one of the best competitors we ever had"
 

The principle, Richard L. Jones, in a message to the entire student body, selected excerpts from his favorite poem and another by school secretary, Christine Dore. He felt they best described Charlie. Jones concluded his message by saying, "The one who has done a good job in this life has prepared himself best for the next life. Charlie, therefore, has an advantage for he did well in the time allotted him. I feel God recognized Charlie as a leader and needed him to help. God tapped him on the shoulder and said, "You're on my team."

These are excerpts from several newspaper articles.