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Council OKs Legion Baseball Move

On a unanimous vote, with even long-time holdout Councilman Ron Edinger agreeing, the Coeur d'Alene City Council OK'd an agreement with American Legion Baseball to move the ALB diamond from McEuen Field to Ramsey Park. The 6-0 decision Tuesday night followed a discussion in which Parks Director Doug Eastwood laid out plans to add 75 to 100 parking spaces for American Legion Baseball and the softball fields on a former railroad right of way. Edinger groused that he didn't think the new baseball diamond and location met the qualifications of being “equal or better” than the current American Legion facility. Approval by American Legion Baseball of the memorandum of understanding for the move was key in winning council approval. The move will clear the way for an upgrade and new design concept for the history McEuen Field. You can read the discussion in the rough draft of the council minutes here. (Jesse Tinsley SR file photo of home plate call during American Legion Baseball game at McEuen Field)


Adams: Rather Join Than Fight

A Coeur d'Alene city councilman who has voted against moving forward with nearly every component of the McEuen Field redevelopment plan, said he's ready to surrender the fight. “At this point, I've effectively conceded,” Steve Adams said Tuesday, one day after voting to approve a memo of understanding between the city and American Legion baseball. “What else am I supposed to do?” Siding with Adams in favor of the MOU at Monday's General Services Committee meeting - an advisory panel of the City Council -was member Ron Edinger, who, like Adams, has opposed all votes tied to the estimated $14.2 million park overhaul since the beginning but agreed to the MOU. Edinger said he approved the MOU “begrudgingly,” and did so only because American Legion baseball approved the agreement that would have them playing ball at Ramsey Park by opening day 2013. “The way I looked at it, the American Legion, their board was in favor of doing that,” Edinger said. “I've always supported the Legion program, although I don't believe (the proposed ballpark is) equal or better”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: I never thought I'd say this, but H/T to Steve Adams for seeing the light.

Question: Now are we ready to move ahead with making McEuen Field another terrific attraction on the Coeur d'Alene waterfront?

Legion Baseball Deal In The Works

Item: Coeur d'Alene baseball deal in the works/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The city of Coeur d’Alene and American Legion Baseball are close to an agreement that would build the program a permanent home at Ramsey Field by next season. A proposed memorandum of understanding being crafted between the two parties will detail terms American Legion would need to play its home games on the southwestern corner of park, adjacent the Kroc Center — an MOU both sides said is nearly complete. “It’s a promise to have Ramsey ready,” Mayor Sandi Bloem said of the agreement. “The promise is to be done by the 2013 season.” The MOU could be ready next week and could go before the council for approval after that.

Question: If the American Legion Baseball is happy with this deal, I'm happy with this deal. How about you?

Larsen To Chair Baseball Fund-raising

Here's hoping perfection repeats itself. New York Yankee pitching icon Don Larsen (shown in SR file photo), the Hayden resident best remembered for tossing a perfect game in the 1956 World Series, agreed to be the honorary chair for the fundraising drive for a new baseball stadium in Coeur d'Alene. “We are extremely pleased that Don has agreed to be the honorary chair for the fundraising campaign,” said campaign chair and baseball supporter Ron Ouren in a prepared statement announcing the position. “He is truly a legend and has been an inspiration to young men and women for many years.” The stadium, pitched to go near Cherry Hill Park on 15th Street, would be a multi-sports complex, but would primarily host baseball games, the sport Larsen played professionally for 15 years/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Will a $2.5 million baseball park, built with private donations, meet the standard of being equal or better to the American Legion Baseball field on McEuen Field?

Bell: Team ‘McRuin’ Throws Curve Ball

The headline read “here's the pitch” as Ron Ouren, fundraising director, sought $3 million in private donations to build a new field on distant Cherry Hill to replace historic Legion Field at McEuen Field. Perhaps Ron, comfortable in retirement from his successful banking career, does not appreciate what is happening in Coeur d'alene. The wrecking crew from Team McRuin will be destroying scenic McEuen baseball field that attracts thousands of baseball players to downtown businesses. Ron calls the new field, the field of dreams. Sorry, but the scenic fields at McEuen overlooking the lake were the “field of dreams”/Steve Bell, My Turn, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Steve Bell's sentiments?

Foundation To Build Diamond, Parks

Item: Its purpose is parks: New foundation wants to bring more green space to Idaho Panhandle/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: New name, new logo and one expanded mission. Say hello to the Panhandle Parks Foundation, the nonprofit organization helping build an approximately $3 million state-of-the-art baseball stadium at Cherry Hill Park. … While the foundation contracted Jim Faucher recently at $2,500 per month for six months to facilitate fundraising with an end goal of building the ball yard, the foundation's goals stretch beyond baseball, beyond Coeur d'Alene even.

Question: Will a $3M baseball diamond on Cherry Hill satisfy the city requirement that it provide an equal or better facility before moving American Legion Baseball from McEuen Field?

Howie: Most Enjoyable Summer Ever

I look back on my only season of American Legion baseball as one of the most enjoyable summers I ever experienced. I also look back on my only season of American Legion baseball as one of the closest encounters with death I ever experienced.I played on the Queen Anne Merchants in Seattle in 1973. At 5-foot-6 and 125 pounds, I was far too small, weak and lousy to play Legion ball. However, my team was indescribably awful, so I batted leadoff, started at second base or in left field and pitched/Howie Stalwick, SR. More here.

DFO: Howie Stalwick is a former sports writer for the SR and sports editor for the Coeur d’Alene Press.

Question: Describe the best summer of your glory days.

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