The renovated diamond will be dedicated as Bernie Stowe Field in spring of 2018.
The three-field Cincinnati Recreation Commission complex is home to the St. William Athletic Association and the home field for Holy Family Catholic School, where Bernie attended as a young man.
The announcement was made on Tuesday, Sept. 5 during pregame ceremonies at Great American Ball Park.
Participating in the ceremony were many members of Bernie's extended family including his wife Priscilla and two of their sons, Reds senior director of clubhouse operations Rick Stowe, visiting clubhouse manager Mark Stowe, as well as grandson and Reds clubhouse staffer Luke Stowe.
Project partners the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and the Rosie Reds Organization were also recognized. The Stowe's are long-time Rosie Reds members and the organization has pledged its support of the field renovation project.
In 1947, Bernie began his 67-year tenure working in the Reds clubhouse at Crosley Field as a 12-year-old. He was a ball boy during the 1953 All-Star Game and worked his way up to the club's senior clubhouse and equipment manager before retiring in 2013. In 2008, Bernie received the Reds Hall of Fame's Powell Crosley Jr. Award, recognizing Reds staff members for their extraordinary service and dedication. Bernie passed away at the age of 80 in February of 2016.
The field is located at 3540 Southside Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45204.
Ultimate Spring Training Experience
Sales from the Reds Community Fund's Ultimate Spring Training Experience will also help fund the Bernie Stowe Field project. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at the Reds Community Fund's Split the Pot location located behind section 120 or by contacting the Reds Community Fund at (513) 765-7700 or email@example.com.
Two prizes will be awarded and each package includes a VIP experience for two at the Reds Spring Training facility in Goodyear, AZ. The package includes 4 days/3 nights trip including roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and ground transportation, an exclusive VIP access to a meet-and-greet opportunity with Reds players, radio booth visit with Marty Brennaman & Jeff Brantley, a private tour of the Reds Spring Training Complex and more.
The deadline to purchase raffle tickets is Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, at the end of the Reds vs. Red Sox game. The two winners will be notified on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Must be 18 years of age or older to purchase raffle tickets.