News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 19, 2013

Park Board sets Tommy John field dedication date

Dianne Frances D. Powell
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Terre Haute Parks Board on Wednesday heard plans for the dedication of a softball field at a city park being named after baseball legend and Terre Haute native, Tommy John.

The dedication, which John is expected to attend, is scheduled for Oct. 24 at Spencer F. Ball Park, located on the city’s north side at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue.  

A dinner at the Indiana Theatre is planned on the same day. Seating is limited at the dinner, said parks department director of recreation Bruce Rosselli.

“Word’s out on this,” Rosselli told the board, which met at Torner Center in Deming Park.

He said area schools and organizations have been invited, and some sponsorships have already been acquired.

During last month’s Terre Haute Parks Board meeting, the four-member board voted to name the softball field at Ball Park for John.

Born in 1943 in Terre Haute, John’s major league baseball career — which started when he signed with the Cleveland Indians — lasted 26 years. His 288 career victories is the seventh-highest for any left-handed pitcher in major league history.

Also at the Parks Board meeting, Superintendent Eddie Bird said that tennis courts at Collett, Deming and Rea parks need to be repaired.

The board also voted to reject all bids it had received to resurface a portion of the Oakley Playground in Deming Park. The specifications for the tiles the Parks Board wanted to use for the resurfacing need to be clarified and the board will ask for bids in the near future. The resurfacing is planned for the smaller Deming playground used by younger children.

Tribune-Star Reporter Dianne Frances D. Powell can be reached at 812-231-4299 or dianne.powell@ tribstar.com.