Charitable Contributions

A new feature beginning in Baseball America’s upcoming issue will put a “Spotlight on Charity” in the Business Beat, focusing on a team’s or individual’s charitable efforts.

Our first installment gave a brief overview on New York radio personality Ed Randall’s fight against prostate cancer‘"a crusade to raise awareness and money for the cause that began soon after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2001. I’m going to follow-up on Randall’s very moving effort here in the coming days.

But first I want to share details of a couple of charitable causes that arrived in my inbox today from two minor league teams: the Nashville Sounds and Fresno Grizzlies.

Triple-A Nashville (Pacific Coast League) announced today that all proceeds from playoff ticket sales will be donated to charity. Nashville-area charities will have the opportunity beginning Wednesday to sell playoff ticket vouchers and keep the profits from those sales.

“It has been a great season on the field, and we felt this was a great opportunity to share the success with the community,”  Sounds General Manager Glenn Yaeger said in a news release.

To get a charitable organization involved, interested parties may submit a request for fundraiser tickets online at, or contact the Nashville Sounds’™ community relations department at 615-242-4371 for more information.

Fellow Pacific Coast League team Fresno announced the completion of a specially-designed baseball diamond to be used by a local special education school. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday will open the “Junior Grizzlies Field of Dreams”‘"a new synthetic turf baseball field, located at Gateway High, that will serve kids with physical and mental disabilities. The team says it is the first of its kind in the Fresno area.

The Grizzlies highlight the project as following: The field is the result of hundreds of community members coming together in a unique way and involved the volunteer efforts of more than 20 companies, Clovis Unified and the Fresno Grizzlies Community Fund.  Within 80 days of the May 31 groundbreaking event, the field has been transformed from an all grass field to a rubberized diamond where children in wheelchairs or using walking aids will be able to play on their own.

“This field has been a dream of ours for quite some time. From start to finish this field was truly a community project. Without the help and support of Granite Construction we would not be where we are today, ready to open our Field of Dreams,” Grizzlies managing partner Brian Glover said.

News of other charitable efforts in the baseball community can be sent to me at: