Kinston, NC - Evelyn "Mama" Kornegay, as she was lovingly known, died early Friday morning at her home from pancreatic cancer.
Mama provided a loving, home away from home for approximately 150 Kinston Indians players over the last 15 years. From future All-Stars like Victor Martinez, to those who never made it out of the Carolina League, Mama loved all of her "boys" as she adoringly called them.
"It is impossible to measure the impact Mama had on the Kinston and Cleveland Indians," said Kinston Indians General Manager Shari Massengill. "From players, to coaches to us in the front office, she never stopped giving. The Kinston Indians not only lost their biggest fan, but this community has lost one of its best people."
"This ballpark will not be the same without Mama," Indians Assistant General Manager Janell Bullock said. "Everyone who met her fell in love with her. She just had that effect on people. I will never hear the word ‘babe’ without thinking of Mama."
"She was the most loving, caring and giving person I have ever met," said Indians Director of Broadcasting Chris Hemeyer. "Her positive outlook and love of life was with her even as she battled cancer. She lit up every room she ever walked into."
WITN sports director Billy Weaver introduced many folks in Eastern Carolina to "Mama" back in 2003. Her story will re-air on WITN news at 6pm and is linked here.