La Crosse Area Baseball Hall of Fame introduces "Walk of Fame" to La Crosse Board
La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -
A new organization focused on preserving baseball history in the area introduced a new idea to the city of La Crosse on Monday, and on Thursday, they introduced that same idea to the board of park commissioners at Black River Beach Neighborhood Center.
The La Crosse Area Baseball Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization officially formed in June, wants to add a Walk of Fame at Copeland Park's Lumber Yard. The Walk of Fame would include home plate-shaped plaques outside of the home-plate entrance, recognizing people from the area, such as Edward "Big Ed" Konetchy, Dolly Vanderlip "Lippy" Ozburn, and Damian Miller, whom all went on to play professional baseball.
"It's really a neat recognition, celebration for our area, and the fact that it would be there at Copeland Park where there is a lot of historical significance of baseball is really awesome for the area," La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat said Monday.
The Baseball Hall of Fame said they hope they can recognize up to 25 individuals over the next five years who made an impact in baseball with direct ties to the La Crosse Area.
“This is preservation of history,” Geissner said. “Kids are growing up without knowing who those major league ball players in the 1920's and 1930's are. We want to document the rich history of the baseball history in La Crosse. Not just for the future generations, but for kids.”
Other players who could be a part of the Walk of Fame includes Westby-native Scott Servais and Webster-native Jarrod Washburn. Geissner also said the Walk of Fame won't just include major-leaguers, as it can also include local legends, coaches, and sponsors.
The Hall of Fame is hoping to raise $75,000 to cover the cost of the entire project. According to Geissner, the Hall of Fame has raised $25,000, and the Hall of Fame is hoping they can cover the entire cost of the project.
The Hall of Fame is hoping to add five names per year to the Walk of Fame. Geissner said they expect to collect all the necessary funds by December. If successful, Geissner said the first class of “Walk of Famers” would be announced on January 22nd.
If the Hall of Fame is successful with raising enough money for the project, they hope to build an actual museum at Copeland Park with more detailed information for each of the Walk of Fame recipients.
Geissner said if people are interested in making a donation to the Walk of Fame, call the La Crosse Area Baseball Hall of Fame at (608) 354-9888.
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