In your Friday April 7th edition of The Saugus Advocate, page 5 has an article entitled “A Special Opening Day” by Mark E. Vogler.
Mr. Vogler mentions the ball field four times in his article and each time referring to it as Hurd Field or Hurd Avenue Field. This field was dedicated to and named after my late father, Robert Grabowski back in the early 80’s by the Town of Saugus governing Board of Selectmen and the Town Manager. This was done in recognition of his tireless efforts as League President for over twenty years. It was my father’s passion and he took pride in making sure that the field sparkled at every opening day celebration and also throughout the entire baseball season. He could always be found at the park with a stick with a nail picking up trash along the fence line, hauling and spreading infield mix and grooming the pitcher’s mound, on the rider mower cutting the grass methodically, laying chalk lines from home plate to the left and right field foul poles. He could even be found at times behind home plate calling balls and strikes.
His dream was to see the All-Star Team from the American League make it to Williamsport. Unfortunately, he passed away before he could witness the 2003 team and their incredible journey. He did have the privilege of seeing a couple of District 16 Championships which he was so very proud to be a part of.
It’s only fitting that any and all references to the field at Hurd Ave be called “Grabowski Field” @ Hurd Ave.
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