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Dear Editor,

I couldn’t agree more with the editorial comments opposing the removal of Ben Hines Field for a parking lot (“Field of broken dreams,” April 22).

Many family members, players, parents and fans literally carried rocks and other important tasks of that area to make the present field that has existed for more than 40 years. This will make ULV the only SCIAC college without a field on campus. There has long been a winning tradition that has attracted many players and a large fan base to the school.

Of course, sometimes, things need to change for the sake of progress. Also, of course, some things need to be preserved for the sake of history and humanity. What a shame for all this history to be swept away like a tsunami. Were other possible alternatives really considered?

I have long loved ULV because it always had a family-caring feeling about it. Somehow now it feels like the “family” has shunned some of its history that made it so special to so many for so long.

This field produced 37 high school and college coaches, four major league coaches, a major league manager, eight major league players, 13 consecutive SCIAC championships and a national championship in the Ben Hines era. Equally important were the life-lasting bonds of all who played on this field, or sat in the bleachers, or supported the program in many ways. What a price to pay for a parking lot?

To quote Joni Mitchell: “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

Wanda Hines

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