Baseball has a rich history in the city of Harrisonburg. The Turks have been here since 1920. Lots of baseball greats have played right here at memorial stadium.
"We've had 100's make it to the big leagues," said Bob Wease, General Manager Harrisonburg Turks. "David Echstien, John Rouch, Frank Menechino. It just goes on and on and on."
Bob Wease, a former Turk himself and now the general manager of the team, is trying to preserve some of that history and make it possible for more big name players to get their start right here. He's asking city council for help with the crumbling stadium.
"I'm afraid someone's going to fall down here. Then the next thing you know, we're going to have a lawsuit," said Wease.
The steps are falling apart. The press box is crowded with two people. And the bathrooms are in bad shape. Wease says it's not a good way to remember those for whom it was built.
"Policeman, Tucky Leak ran around collecting money. It was dedicated to the soldiers who died in world war two. As you can see there's a lot of local names on there," said Wease.
Wease wants the city, residents or the school board to put money into the project, so the thousands of Turks fans will have a place to go for many summers to come.
City Council plans on discussing the stadium at its meeting. Mayor Joe Fitzgerald says the school board will most likely turn the stadium over to the city in two years, when the new one is built for the high school.
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