ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) –On Saturday, St. Louis Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr. announced that Cardinals Care Redbird Rookies program will name its next baseball field after former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. The field will serve the kids at the Clinton-Peabody public housing complex
The current field at the 12th & Park Recreation Center, just blocks south of Busch Stadium, will be completely rebuilt. The field will be graded and irrigated. Two paved and covered dugouts will be built. Bleachers, fencing, and a state-of-the art solar-powered scoreboard will be added.
DeWitt made the announcement in Cooperstown, NY, where La Russa’s is awaiting his induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday. The field will be the 22nd field the Cardinals have donated to the serve children.
The Cardinal Care Redbirds Rookies program is a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. It provides 4,500 kids with uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed to play.