SAN FRANCISCO -- It helps for anything to have a name, and now the efforts of the Giants Community Fund to renovate baseball fields for kids will have a very fitting name. With Thursday's dedication of Excelsior Playground Field, the Giants Community Fund announced that the drive to upgrade youth fields throughout Northern California, Nevada and Oregon will be known as the Peter A. Magowan Fields for Kids program. Magowan will retire from his post as the Giants' president and managing general partner in October. The program will include full renovations of up to two fields each year, along with a grants process that will extend to all 80 Junior Giants leagues.
The Giants Community Fund combined with the Good Tidings Foundation, Major League Baseball, Robert A. Bothman and the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department to stage Thursday's dedication. Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel was present to provide the finishing touches to a colorful mural adjacent to the field. Since 1995, the Giants Community Fund has refurbished 19 youth fields, with the help of Giants players and partners. The Good Tidings Foundation has been involved with four of those fields: Nicholl Park Field in Richmond, Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club at Hunters Point, Bobby Bonds Memorial Field in Daly City and the Barry Zito Junior Giants Fields in Stockton.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.