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Field Renovations


Oakland Athletics Renovation of Dennis Eckersley Baseball Field and Softball Field

In September 2007 the A's in partnership with the Good Tidings Foundation took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the A's renovation of Washington High School's (WHS) baseball and softball fields in Fremont. In 2006, WHS and the Fremont Unified School District renamed the baseball field in honor of former Athletic, Hall of Fame pitcher and WHS alumnus Dennis Eckersley.

The A's began the renovation process of both fields at the end of June 2007, which included the replacement of the entire irrigation system, fresh sod and infield dirt and new concrete under the bleachers for both fields, a new wood backstop with fresh paint and fencing around the bullpen for the baseball field, and fresh paint on the backstop and fencing to enclose fan and bleacher area behind the backstop for the softball field.

Oakland Athletics Renovation and Renaming of Rickey Henderson Baseball Field

During the 2006 season, the Oakland A's in partnership with the Good Tidings Foundation renovated Lucky A's Field located at the Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center in East Oakland. In addition, the City of Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation approved the field be renamed the Rickey Henderson Baseball Field in honor of the former A's outfielder and Oakland native.

The Oakland A's and the City of Oakland began the renovation process in the beginning of June which included fresh sod and infield dirt, updated irrigation and re-grading, new dugouts and benches, new backstop, outfield and dugout fencing as well as fresh paint on the backstop and a scoreboard banner.

On Friday, August 11 the A's held a ribbon cutting and renaming ceremony, prior to a three-inning game on the new field with members of the Oakland Babe Ruth League featuring a ceremonial first pitch by Rickey Henderson. The Oakland Babe Ruth League, which is made up of approximately 660 youth who range in age from five to 18 years, is the primary user of this field.

In attendance for the ribbon cutting and renaming ceremony, was former A's outfielder Rickey Henderson and family members, A's coach Brad Fischer, A's President Michael Crowley, Good Tidings Founder Larry Harper, Oakland City Council Member Desley Brooks, Office of Parks and Recreation Director Audree Jones Taylor, Oakland Babe Ruth League President Louie Butler and Vice Presidents Chester Livingston and Ray Graham, along with children from the Oakland Babe Ruth League.

The Good Tidings Foundation is a 501-(c)-3 children's charity that looks to equally support education, recreation, and the arts for youth from communities of need in the greater Bay Area. Good Tidings creates original projects and works in partnership with professional sports franchises, businesses and agencies throughout the Bay Area, leveraging resources in order to increase access to enriching opportunities by deserving youth. The Good Tidings Foundation received assistance from general contractor Robert A. Bothman, Inc. and sod supplier West Coast Turf in the renovation of Bambino Field. The primer and paint was donated by Kelly-Moore Paints and the fencing was donated by the American Fence Association.

Rickey Henderson talks about growing up playing at this baseball field. (photo credit: Michael Zagaris)
Rickey signs the ball that he used for the ceremonial first pitch and gave it to a member of the Oakland Babe Ruth League. (photo credit: Michael Zagaris)
A new Rickey Henderson banner hangs over the scoreboard in left field.
Rickey Henderson, along with his wife Pamela, mother Bobbie and three daughters, participates in the ribbon cutting ceremony. (photo credit: Michael Zagaris)
Rickey poses for a photo with local Oakland children after the ribbon cutting and renaming ceremony.
A dedication sign hangs on the backstop of the newly renovated Rickey Henderson Baseball Field.
Oakland Athletics Renovation of Bambino Field Located at Greenman Field Baseball Complex

The Oakland A's, in partnership with the Good Tidings Foundation, renovated Bambino Field at the Greenman Field Baseball Complex in Oakland during the 2005 season.

The renovation began with a ground breaking ceremony on May 17, 2005 featuring former A's manager Ken Macha, president Michael Crowley, Good Tidings founder Larry Harper, Oakland city council member Desley Brooks, Oakland Babe Ruth League vice president Chester Livingston along with members of the Babe Ruth League.

The field renovation was completed in August with the ribbon-cutting ceremony held on August 19, 2005 followed by the first Oakland Babe Ruth League game played on the new field with A's center fielder Mark Kotsay and former third base coach Ron Washington coaching the two teams. In addition, Kotsay threw out the ceremonial first pitch to a member of the Babe Ruth League.

The Oakland Babe Ruth League is the primary user of the Greenman Field Baseball Complex. There are approximately 660 youth who range in age from five to 18 years old that make up 55 teams that participate in the league. In addition to league games, the regional playoffs and World Series are held on the Bambino Field.

Oakland council member Desley Brooks, the City of Oakland Public Works Agency and the Office of Parks and Recreation worked to facilitate the renovation of the Greenman Field Baseball Complex. The project includes the renovation of the other three baseball diamonds and the creation of a community park and is scheduled to be completed in 2006.

The Good Tidings Foundation is a 501-(c)-3 children's charity that looks to equally support education, recreation, and the arts for youth from communities of need in the greater Bay Area. Good Tidings creates original projects and works in partnership with professional sports franchises, businesses and agencies throughout the Bay Area, leveraging resources in order to increase access to enriching opportunities by deserving youth. The Good Tidings Foundation received assistance from general contractor Robert A. Bothman, Inc. and sod supplier West Coast Turf in the renovation of Bambino Field.

The A's, in partnership with the Good Tidings Foundation, renovated Bambino Field at the Greenman Field Baseball Complex in Oakland this year.
A look at Bambino Field on May 17 before the renovations began. Children who play on Bambino Field can see the O.co Coliseum in the distance and dream of playing in the big leagues with the Oakland A's.
Crowley, Oakland Babe Ruth League vice president Chester Livingston, A's manager Ken Macha and children from the Oakland Babe Ruth League take part in the Bambino Field ground breaking ceremony on May 17.
The A's held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of Bambino Field on Aug. 19.
A's president Michael Crowley speaks at the Bambino Field ground breaking ceremony on May 17.
Members of the Oakland Babe Ruth League "break ground" on the pitching mound at Bambino Field on May 17. The Oakland Babe Ruth League is the primary user of the field with approximately 660 members and 55 teams that make up the league.