Saturday, 4 August 2007

Baseball Park is Named Sanders Field

Connell Man Honored Makes Visit To Park
Officials of the Tri-City Athletic association announced today that the Western International league baseball park will be known as "Sanders Field."
The name is in tribute to W. H. Sanders of Connell, one of Southeast Washington's more rabid baseball fans. The Tri -City Braves are the home WIL team that will use Sanders Field.
Sanders made his first visit to the field that now bears his name, yesterday. After making a tour of the grounds he commented, "it looks as though it will make an excellent baseball park. Accompanying Sanders from Connell were Steve Johnson and Clarence Hayes, members of the athletic association board of directors; Lou Lindner and H. H. Yaeger.
Although he is an enthuastic sportsman, Sanders said he did not think he would be able to attend all the games, "I've been suffering from asthma these past few years, and sometimes
I find it better to just stay at home or go fishing," he said.
He has lived in the Hatten-Connell area since he first arrived here in 1898. He formerly was a wheat farmer, but retired from, that activity some time ago.
In addition to baseball, Sanders other biggest sports hobby is fishing. "When I find I can't get to some of the games, maybe I'll try and hook a trout or two," he chuckled.
Meanwhile construction on the park is progressing rapidly. Yesterday the concrete piers for part of the grandstand were poured. The building of the concession stand is also moving ahead quickly. One dugout that of the visiting team, was dug out yesterday.
-Tri-City Herald, Wed., March 8, 1950

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