Also included in the grand total of 400 are a few long-ago playoff games Ball worked for Fugate after the latter moved on to coach at Huntington High (in years where Milton didn't make the postseason) and a couple more for friends in Hurricane when the Redskins got in the playoffs.
Ball thinks he may be the only person to see every Cabell Midland game for a program now in its 20th season.
"I have every stat sheet for every game they played since they opened in 1994,'' Ball said. "I have not missed a ballgame.''
Ball said he's had to make some difficult choices in keeping the streak intact, including missing the wedding of a niece who got married on a fall Friday night and reminding friends and family that he's also unavailable to attend funeral arrangements during football season.
"I've told people, 'If you die, don't have the viewing on a Friday night.' I won't be there,'' Ball said with a familiar harrumph. "But I've been very fortunate. I've made it to a ballgame or two I didn't feel like going to - under the weather, you know - but I went ahead and made it.''
The semi-retired Ball, who still occasionally drives a concrete truck for Adams Trucking in Barboursville, also credits past employers for helping make him available for games, especially for long road trips.
"I worked for Star Furniture for 18 years when I started keeping stats,'' Ball said, "and after Star closed, I've been [at Adams] for 27 years. They both treated me super, tremendous.
"They always made sure, home or away, that I got off Thursday or Friday so I can make the ballgame. Even if we played at Morgantown on a Friday night, I got off in plenty of time. They'd let me off at noon or 1:30, and never a question. I've been one of the few fortunate people in this world - I've had some super, super people to work for.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.