Pieces of Our Past: November Week 3
Little League Groundskeeper Remembered With Display at Little League Museum
As a child, Dale E. Straub lived a long fly ball away from the Little League International complex in South Williamsport, Pa. In the early 1970s, he worked mowing grass and helping to keep the grounds at Little League International in pristine condition.
Mr. Straub’s widow, Sally Straub Bowman, says the times her late husband spent on the Little League complex were among his fondest memories. She and her daughter, Allison, donated the jacket and cap he wore while employed by Little League to the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum.
“It was the only job he had as a (young man),” Mrs. Bowman said, “I know Dale’s time at Little League had to be special because he had kept the jacket and cap.
“My daughter and I thought it would be best for them to be back at Little League,” Mrs. Bowman said. She and her daughter had the items placed behind glass and framed prior to making their donation.
The green ball cap with yellow stitching, displays the Little League keystone logo. It also features a dab of white paint on the brim, reminiscent of a painting project.
The blue, zippered jacket, manufactured by Champion, has “Little League” and the organization’s keystone logo inscribed in white.
Mr. Straub was the son of Scott D. and Mary Ellen Haas Straub. His mother said she and her husband are “thrilled, delighted and pleased” that their son’s cap and jacket are in the museum. Mr. Straub was a member of the World Series grounds crew for the one summer he worked for Little League.
Mr. Straub worked on the complex shortly after he graduated in 1972 from South Williamsport Area High School. He attended the Philadelphia Pharmaceutical College and received his bachelor’s degree from Lycoming College.
The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, 525 Route 15 Highway, just south of Williamsport, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. After Labor Day in September, the hours change to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. The facility is accessible to the disabled.
Rates are $5 for adults; $3 for those 62 and older; $1.50 for children between the ages of 5 and 13. There is no fee for children 4 or younger. Group rates and tours are available. The museum also offers birthday parties and after-hours facility rentals.
The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days.
For more information, call the museum at (570) 326-3607; or visit http://www.littleleague.org/Learn_More/museum.htm.