Baseball fans will be greeted by a much improved facility at Daggett Field in Joseph when baseball resumes in the spring. The Joseph Baseball Association, a non -profit 501C-3 corporation, recently received two grants totaling $27,000 enabling the association to fund two separate projects at the field. The association received $12,000 from the Meyers Small Grant Fund and private donations. The grant was written for sunken concrete player dugouts that will replace the metal ones that were constructed last year. The 32' wide player dugouts will be dedicated as a memorial tribute to Joseph Eagle baseball player Rohs Kuppinger who died in an automobile accident in June of 2001.
The player dug outs will have three stairs across the front and will allow baseball fans a better unobstructed view of the playing field. The association's second grant of $15,000 from the Oregon Communities Foundation was written for a companion project. The funds acquired are for an announcer / scorekeeper dugout behind home plate. The dugout will be designed to allow bleachers to be constructed on its roof, five feet above the playing surface. "We have concrete poured already and are trying to be finished by the end of August or first part of September, " said association vice president, Tom Gleasman.
The association is looking for funding for some ten rows of aluminum bleachers that will seat approximately 144 baseball fans. Future plans for the site include a permanent concession stand and handicap accessible restrooms, plus a team room.
The Joseph Baseball Association is made up of seven board members including President Dan Deboie, Gleasman as Vice President and Diana Stein as Secretary Treasurer.