Cooperstown Youth Baseball will honor Martin Richard, the 8-year-old who died in the Boston Marathon bombings, by flying a flag from his baseball league in the group’s opening day parade on Saturday in Hartwick.
Richard played in the Savin Hill Little League in Dorchester, Mass. According to CYB president Michelle Dibble, she was forwarded a request to fly the Savin Hill flag from Brad Horn, senior director of communications and education at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
“He was in contact with a person from Savin Hill that will be in Cooperstown on the 27th for business,” Dibble said. “(He) asked if they would be willing to hang a flag in their honor as he would not be home to see their opening day. We accepted eagerly to carry a flag in our parade in (Richard’s) honor and to have a moment of silence.”
It will be the first opening day at the new baseball and softball complex in Hartwick. The CYB lost its longtime home, Beanie Ainslie Field, because of the village’s Gateway Project.
Plans to build a field on Brooklyn Avenue on property owned by Jane Clark didn’t work out when nearby residents objected to a baseball field in the neighborhood.
Finally the town of Hartwick offered the use of a 35-acre property on Wells Avenue, which was formerly known as School Street.
“We are really grateful for the town of Hartwick,” Dibble said. “They have really come through for us. They were very eager for us to be there. They have been the most supportive group you could ever imagine.”
Delays in getting permits and problems with bad weather have slowed construction, but at least one field in Hartwick will be available for games this season, Dibble said. Games will also continue to be played at the Beaver Valley Campground.