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June 29, 2008

League to celebrate Crain Field’s 50th

<b>Logan Youth Baseball holding ceremonies for youth baseball stadium on Fourth of July</b>

When Crain Field opened in Logansport in 1958, it was hailed in the Pharos-Tribune as “second to none in the state of Indiana” among Little League baseball diamonds.

Fifty years later, Logansport Youth Baseball is planning a Fourth of July celebration of Crain Field’s golden anniversary with a bevy of festivities on the site that has brought so much joy to the townspeople in its half century of existence.

Highlighting the festivities on the Fourth will be an Old Timers Game, which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. prior to the annual fireworks show. The Old Timers game will consist of the Geriatric Giants taking on the Middle-aged Marlins. The Geriatric squad consists of players that played or coached youth baseball in Logansport between 1950 and 1970, while the Middle-aged team consists of those who played or coached between 1970 and 1985.

“We thought it’d be a great time to bring people together,” said Jim Crain, the grandson of Don Crain, whom Crain Field was named after. “It’s a celebration. It’s a way to bring back old timers and have them realize how little or how big the field seems to them today.”

Organizers are still looking for more participants, so if you are interested you are encouraged to contact Jim Crain at (574) 721-0977, Steve Clary at (574) 753-5742 or Mike Almon at (574) 709-8831. Even if you don’t want to take the field, you are encouraged to be in attendance to be recognized. There will be a special presentation by Mayor Mike Fincher, and longtime local broadcaster Milt Hess and legendary baseball coach Jim Turner I will call the play-by-play. Cost for admission to watch the game is free.

Don Crain was a Little League player agent and a coach and advisor of the city’s youth for many years. In fact, he was one of the original organizers for youth baseball in Logansport, long known as one of, if not the best, one of the best baseball towns in the state of Indiana.

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