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Tim Bishop
Tim Bishop
Born: May 25, 1974 at Valpariso, Ind.
Died: April 18, 1997 at Columbia, S.C.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.00 Weight: 175

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Shelly Bishop Foster
March 23, 2008
When Tim played for Kingsport in 1996, My family and I got to experience the joy of baseball. It was such an inspiration to watch the young players just starting out. I wish more people could have seen Tim play. He was such a passionate athlete, not just in baseball, but in football and basketball as well. But his first love was baseball. Before the 1996 season, Ron Kittle took him under his wing and helped him get the confidence he needed to make to the majors. He improved his hitting and Ron convinced him to be a switch hitter. I have no doubt that he'd still be playing today if he had not died at the extremely young age of 20. His favorite line from a movie was from "The Sandlot"....."To us, it was just a game, but to Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez, Baseball was life." It was the same for Timothy John Bishop.

Debbie Bowman
April 1, 2008
Tim was my only nephew and it was always such a pleasure when we went to see him play. I know he would have made it to the bigs if he hadn't died so young. We saw him play one of his last games in the Delmarva peninsula. It was cold but I told him before the game I was going to call his mom on my cell and when he hit the home run she would hear everyone cheer for her baby. He'd take a quick glance up in the stands to see if I had my phone ready to call when he was up to bat and I did. He was a very unselfish athlete and I miss him more than words can ever say. Tim you'll always be in my heart. Every year on opening season I wish I could be In New York watching him play. He does in my heart.

Diane Anselm
April 11, 2008
Timmy Bishop - that was his name. To some, he is still Timmy. The local Valparaiso newspaper featured him and his family in a photo when he was about 6 years old. They stood across from the high school wearing their Viking gear and holding signs in support of the boys' high school basketball team as they left for semi-state. That young fan's enthusiasm soon spilled over on courts and fields as a player. With his high school accomplishments - an all-star in baseball, basketball, and football - he had now become the star who inspired the young. He earned the athletic awards, but more importantly, he earned the respect of the community with his humble spirit and can-do attitude. He accomplished so much in his short life, and he continues to be remembered with loving admiration.

Mary Lou Bishop
September 21, 2010
Tim Bishop was a fun loving hard working young man who loved football, basketball, and of course, baseball. He is only the second young man from the state of Indiana to be an all star in all three sports. He not only was a great athlete, but he was such an amazing person as well. I miss him so much words can not express the pain I am in every day since his death. Some days I can hardly get out of bed. But I know Tim would be crushed if he know how hard life is without him and his wonderful sense of humor. He was humble, and felt so pleased for all of God's blessings. I thank God for every day he was on this earth. I know life goes on but it is very difficult most of the time. So many happy memories that is what keeps me going. Live Learn Laugh Love what else is there until we meet again my precious son. Love and prayers Mom

November 3, 2010
Oh man.. What can one say? My thoughts and prayers are with you Mrs Bishop..

October 20, 2010
Tim Bishop is like a poorly remembered dream to me. I never knew him, but my grandparents used to take me to all the Indiana High School basketball games. That's where I was exposed to this great athlete. I knew of Bryce Drew, but my grandpa told me that there was this guy who would probably never play college basketball, but who might be even better than Bryce Drew. His name was Tim Bishop and he was a great football and basketball player too. I watched Tim score 39 points in the state final game. I was so impressed with his talent, his name and image stuck with me. I was only 12 at the time. When I heard of his passing, I was deeply saddened and shell shocked. What an enormous loss. My grandpa passed away last year as well, and I guess I'm feeling sentimental about all this, but Tim was only 20 years old. I am 28 now. I guess Tim would be about 34 now and the world would know his name. To his family I say, "Don't worry. My grandpa is with Tim now and he'll take care of him like he took care of me." Remember.

August 29, 2012
Tim Bishop could never be called "lazy". Always running and working hard. I was fortunate to know Tim for our first two seasons. I was absolutely shocked and numb to find out he was gone. I have some old Mets pics here at home if his family would like them. Ross Wicks.

Jeff Stephan
August 11, 2015
Tim was 3-4 years older than me and I lived close to him off of Sheffield and Linden. I remember playing little front yard pick up games at Mike Follis's house with football and basketball. On a quick football game, Shane W. passed me a ball and "whop." Tim hit me so hard I blacked out and had a bloody face, lol. He obviously did not do it on purpose. What a great athlete and I quickly learned not to play with him without proper equipment on. Tim was a fine man, a great friend to many of my friends, a great neighbor, and a hero for VHS athletes. Tim is greatly missed by all.

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