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COLLEGE DEDICATES NEW BASEBALL FIELD


4/26/2002

Pittsburgh, April 26 – The La Roche College Redhawks have a new baseball field thanks to the generosity of a College employee’s family. On Friday, April 26, the College hosted dedication ceremonies for the John Arnold, Sr. Memorial Field, located off Duncan Avenue on the East Campus. The field is named for John Arnold, Sr., the late husband of Dorothy Arnold, one of La Roche’s switchboard operator.

“John’s was a spirit that hovered over and continues to hover over La Roche,” said Monsignor William Kerr, College president. “A College is blessed when people like him are with us.”

On hand to dedicate the John Arnold, Sr. Memorial Field were Jack Wilson, shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Mr. Arnold’s sons, Mike and John, Jr. The Arnold brothers established the memorial fund that made construction of the baseball diamond possible. They wanted to create a permanent tribute to their late father, who coached baseball for various community and athletic associations prior to his death in 1995. The new field replaces one that was decades old.

Jack Wilson and Mr. Arnold’s sons threw the commemorative first pitches. Other members of Mr. Arnold’s family, La Roche administrators, faculty, staff, students and the Redhawks baseball team attended the event. <


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