Dedicated Volunteers Keep Up Field At Michigan And Trumbull

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Volunteers keep the old Tiger Stadium field in shape. (WWJ: Beth Fisher)

Volunteers keep the old Tiger Stadium field in shape. (WWJ: Beth Fisher)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – On the site of the Old Tiger Stadium at Michigan and Trumbull, a group of volunteers gathers every week to maintain the ball field.

Tom Derry is with the Navin Field Grounds crew and he mows the lawn every couple of weeks so kids can play there.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen, we think the city made a mistake by saying no to Chevrolet, on an offer to maintain the field for free, but we are going to continue to come down here, our Navin Field Grounds crew, and we’ll maintain the field ourselves,” Derry told WWJ’s Beth Fisher.

There’s a sign posted outside the old ball park – Ernie Harwell Park.

“People from the neighborhoods are playing here, people come in from outside of Detroit to come out here and play baseball, and we’re down here every Sunday and this has actually become a tourist attraction, and they are down here every week,” said Derry.

Joe Michnaught is part of the Navin Field Grounds crew: “We love this place, I’ve been a baseball fan ever since I was a little kid, when my dad brought me down here … watching the Boston Red Sox when I was a little kid, I worked here for four years, I love this place,” said Michnaugt. “This is sacred ground as far as I’m concerned.”

The crew plans to keep maintaining the old field at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.

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