Baseball field renamed to honor Little Leaguer who passed away

Family and friends gathered for the dedication Saturday, April 14 (Source: Tucson News Now).
Family and friends gathered for the dedication Saturday, April 14 (Source: Tucson News Now).
Published: Apr. 15, 2018 at 1:17 AM MST|Updated: Apr. 15, 2018 at 6:54 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Within the fences of Field #7 at Joaquin Murrieta Park, there's more than just one home base. It's now a symbol of love, another home for family and friends to remember Harry Hoskinson.

The sounds of baseball echoed through the field Saturday night. It's a special game. The first of many on a familiar field bearing a new name. 

"To have his name up here and be able to come here and remember the times we had together," said Lee Smythe, Harry Hoskinson's brother.

Harry Hoskinson had an affinity for the sport.

His mother, Sherry Hoskinson said, "He loved baseball. His favorite days he played as catcher and you know, other parents would just sigh when he would walk up and say oh it's that Hoskinson kid."

It was contagious kind of love easily picked up by his fellow Western Little League teammates, including Mateo Benitez.

"If we would get a strike out or something bad, he would be there to bring us up. He was a great kid. I miss him," Benitez said.

His spirit was the reason the City of Tucson and the Hoskinson family teamed up to renovate a place in his honor.

Harry tragically passed away four years ago at the age of 13.

The baseball diamond now serves as a place to keep his legacy alive.

His passion and dedication to the sport is shared among little leaguers today playing on his field, those who have never met him.

Damian Alexander Quijada has played on field 7 for years. He said it has never looked as nice as it does now.

"Now it's an honor to play on this field with Western and play on a field dedicated to someone," Quijada explained.

Quijada said he is thankful for the funds raised over time to renovate this spot.

The Hoskinson family says all it needs to be complete is a new scoreboard. They are still raising funds for that item.

It's a place Harry's family said he would be proud of.

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