The American Legion baseball field at the Albion Sports Complex was officially christened ‘Leon Nelson Memorial Field’ in a dedication ceremony between Junior and Senior Legion games Thursday, May 23.
The home of Albion’s Cornerstone Legion baseball teams, American Legion Post 162, will, from this point forward, bear the name of the man who founded programs that developed into our current Little League, Pony League and American Legion organizations.
American Legion Post 162 Commander Leon Magsamen, Albion Mayor Jim Jarecki and current Legion program manager Lowell Imus spoke to the crowd about Leon and his contributions, and a sign designed by Harry Jordan, depicting Nelson and the field’s new name, was unveiled.
“The Legion baseball field really had to have the right name. There were many to choose from before, but none were just right,” Magsamen said Thursday. “Now, we have finally come up with the perfect name – Leon Nelson Memorial Field.”
A number of Nelson family members attended the dedication, including Leon’s wife Mary. Other family members in attendance were Leon’s son Chris Nelson, grandson Matt Nelson, granddaughter Sarah Nelson and her daughter Kynlea Klevland, Leon’s daughter Lisa Nelson, husband Rick Yoder and their daughters Krista and Synneve.
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