PHS baseball field

The Plymouth High School baseball field, featuring a recently rebuilt infield, opened in 1985.

PHS Artifact: Baseball field

Posted May 29, 2017

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The Plymouth High School baseball field opened in 1985, in a game against Arrowhead High School.

Prior to that, the team had played its home games at Carl Loebe Field, adjacent to Parkview Elementary School and still used for some playoff games. But that field is owned by the city, which was using it increasingly for softball.

A core group of people – among them Scott Richards, Ozzie Pick, Cabbie Wild and Paul Brandl – wanted to be sure hardball had a place in Plymouth. Superintendent Brandl gave the okay in 1983 to build a field at PHS, and work began in 1984, said Coach Richards, head baseball coach at the time.

Coach Richards and Ozzie Pick went to County Stadium and met with the Milwaukee Brewers grounds crew and landscape architects to learn the best way to lay out a diamond. They ordered the original sod, seed and soil from the Brewers’ supplier.

Lots of local help kept costs reasonable. Freddie Osius was primary excavator, Mike Briggs helped, Phil Meinsen did grading work on the infield, Bill Helmer helped with seeding, PHS students helped, too, Coach Richards said. The total, including excavation, drain tile and fencing (though not the backstop), was $35,000, he remembered.

“Professional scouts who came then thought it was an excellent field,” Coach Richards said. “It’s going to benefit kids for a long time to come.”

Over the years, improvements have been made to the field, which is on its third scoreboard. The first scoreboard was donated by Richards A&W, the second by the Class of 1969. The bleachers are higher now. The dugouts are newer, and the backstop was extended recently.

The infield was rebuilt this spring. The entire infield, dirt area, pitching mound and home-plate area were bulldozed and leveled with new dirt. The PHS Baseball Boosters raised $12,000 for the project and the district contributed $2,500.

The next chance to see the baseball field in action is a double-header against Oostburg beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 2. 

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