Buie was an integral part of Kansas Babe Ruth Baseball for over 50 years. His involvement started with the 13-15 program in 1970 with the Sunflower League of Northeastern Kansas. In 1972, he started coaching in Senior Babe Ruth.
Much of his involvement in the 1970s and early 1980s revolved around umpiring. The highlight of his umpiring career came when he was selected to work the eight-state region tournament in 1980 in Ottumwa, Iowa, and by a vote of the managers Gene was selected to work the plate in the championship game.
Gene spent 35 years running the 16-18 year old state tournament and did an exceptional job. He worked this tournament when LaVerne Marks was in charge of the senior division and was the Assistant State Commissioner for 16-18 from 1988 until his retirement in 2017.
Buie had a special ability when it comes to working with the players and coaches in the 16-18 age division. This ability made him a very special member of the state Board of Directors. His contribution at state meetings and his ability to make the meetings fun indeed made Gene a unique individual.
Gene said, “Babe Ruth is a great program. The players, the host family plan, and the many friends I have on the state board and around the state have helped make my years of service memorable.”
Gene and his wife Beth live in Hutchinson. Gene has two daughters (Darcy Buie and Tammy Buie) and two sons (Chuck and G. A.). Chuck and his wife Pam have five children: David, Katie, Becky, Chrissie and Daniel. G. A. and his wife Cinnamon have two children: Morgan and Abigail. Gene’s step-son Ben Thomas and his wife Tracy have three children: Chrissie, Danielle and Matthew.