The McCabe-Waters Little League will kick off its 65th season on Saturday, April 26 at its field facilities in Rockwell Park, on the corner of Spruce Street and Park Hill Road. The teams will be brought onto the fields at 8:30 a.m., and a brief ceremony will follow.
This year, the McCabe-Waters Little League will be honoring the 1984 McCabe-Waters Little League All-Star team that traveled to Williamsport to participate in the World Series that summer. Players and coaches from that summer will return to Field 1 on Saturday and participate in Opening Day, 30 years after their summer to remember.
“We are looking forward to welcoming back the 1984 team,” stated president Karl Nelson in a league press release. “We have also invited other people who have contributed greatly to the League as well as those original players from the inaugural 1950 team who we honored in 2012. They are part of our history, and we hope they can come be part of our present, as well as see the many players who represent the future.
Due to its location in the West End, the release said, McCabe-Waters is also uniquely positioned to deliver services to at-risk youth who would benefit from participating in organized sports April to October. Benefits include structured activities within their own neighborhood, relationships with coaches who also play roles as mentors, and a sense of belonging that often eludes children of poverty when they are unable to participate in fee-based activities, said the release.
In addition to the check presentations, the McCabe-Waters press release said, players will be participating in a variety of the activities including the Pledge of Allegiance and reciting the Little League pledge. At the conclusion of the opening ceremonies, games will commence on all fields within the complex.