Vandals cause major damage to outfield at King Field


  • Community   Wednesday, January 12, 2022   Pat Payton
This Baseball Hall of Fame photo shows the extensive damage that vandals did to King Field sometime overnight last Friday. The culprits got to the field by driving on the berm along Cement Field, and entered the gate located in the left-field corner of Ki


This Baseball Hall of Fame photo shows the extensive damage that vandals did to King Field sometime overnight last Friday. The culprits got to the field by driving on the berm along Cement Field, and entered the gate located in the left-field corner of Ki


By Pat Payton
Vandals have caused at least a couple of thousand dollars worth of damage to King Field at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
"It happened overnight Friday night," said Scott Crawford, director of operations at the CBHFM. Hall volunteers discovered the extensive damage Saturday afternoon.
The culprits got to the field by driving on the berm along Cement Field, and entered the gate located in the left-field corner of King diamond. It appears they used a large truck with heavy tread on the tires to tear up the outfield.
"They drove many, many donuts around in a circle," Crawford told the Independent Monday morning. "You assume that it happened in the middle of the night. I talked to the neighbours and they said they didn't see or hear anything. But it was the middle of the night and people are sleeping."
Crawford described the act of vandalism as "really disappointing."
"It's a ball field that the kids of St. Marys play on, seven days a week," he said. "It's packed starting May 1. Now, we're going to have to fix the field and it's going to cost time and money."
The director of operations says it will likely take "a few thousand" to repair the damage and restore playing conditions to what they were.
"That's an estimate. The outfield needs to be re-levelled with top soil and seeded a few times, and then we'll have to let the grass grow. The worst thing it's caused is poor playing conditions and this will hurt the field all season long."
Stratford Police were at the site Monday morning. "They took their own photos, and did their report, and they've also put it on Crime Stoppers," Crawford said.
In a press release Monday, Police said they have no suspects at this time. They are requesting anyone who has information on this matter to contact them at 519-271-4141, or to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if they wish to remain anonymous.