Maine-Endwell Unveils New Baseball Field

Published 04/03 2014 02:25PM

Updated 04/03 2014 05:20PM

The Maine-Endwell Spartans are celebrating their new baseball diamond. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held late yesterday afternoon.

The new field was made possible by a M-E School District alum, Thomas Tull. He is the chairman and chief executive of Legendary Entertainment and a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He and his wife gave more than $2 million to build the artificial turf field, which is named after longtime M-E baseball coach Gary Crooks.

The old field was in rough shape, especially after it rained.

The Tull's were joined by baseball hall of famers Johnny Bench and Goose Gossage for the celebration.

"There's a work ethic here and people are just generally nice human beings. I'm very proud of the fact that I grew up here. This is an incredible day for me to stand and look at the field and what Coach Crooks has grown in this program," said Tull.

Coach Gary Crooks is honored to have the field named after him. He says it's a privilege to carry on the Crooks name.

"Growing up in this community in Endwell and Endicott I felt very fortunate that I could go anywhere and mention that name and people would act in a positive way. That was through my grandparents and my parents and my brother John," said Crooks.

After the ribbon cutting, M-E took on a Vestal in a scrimmage game. Each player was also given a Louisville Slugger baseball bat.

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