San Francisco Giants pitcher and Cy Young winner Randy Johnson helped dedicate a newly renovated baseball field in Livermore's May Nissen Park Tuesday.
Johnson, who grew up in Livermore, also celebrated the establishment of the Livermore Junior Giants league. The project was completed in partnership with Chevron Corporation and the Good Tidings Foundation, part of the Peter A. Magowan Fields for Kids Program.
Renamed the Randy Johnson Junior Giants Field, the ballpark was fully revamped with the help of major donors such as Robert A. Bothman, Inc., West Coast Turf, Calco Fence, Hunter Industries and Central Concrete. The site features new dugouts, fencing, a new infield irrigation system, fresh sod, infield cinder, concrete work behind the dugouts and backstop and a seat wall for viewing.
The flagship program of the Giants Community Fund, Junior Giants uses baseball as a forum to teach life skills to youth throughout northern and central California, Nevada, and Oregon. Projects such as field renovations, coaches clinics and glove drives contribute to a sense of ownership and pride throughout leagues in over 155 communities.
Other dedications through the community fund have included the Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club at Hunters Point in San Francisco, Aaron Rowand Junior Giants Field in Daly City, Barry Zito Junior Giants Fields in Stockton and the Excelsior Playground Field in San Francisco.