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Letter: Renaming the Glen Cove Varsity Field

A recent petition of parents and some past team members made its way to the Glen Cove School Administration to rename the varsity baseball field and scoreboard after John Dolecki.

While these 100 signatures have made their position known, I believe the school board and the superintendent, with no disrespect to Mr. Dolecki, should look at the situation a little differently.

In today’s instantaneous world that we live in, where only the current matters, there has been a tendency for someone to run up with a petition to rename a building, hallway or in this case, field and scoreboard after a current person, who has recently retired.

In this case when we do this, we dismiss the nearly 40 years of history of what has happened on that field. Considering that many high school students and adults may not be students of history, renaming anything after a current person does not do justice to what has been accomplished on the field by the players who have come before us.

In the early 1970s, Henry Boguszewski was a dominant pitcher in Nassau County with professional scouts at every game. If we lived in the same period then as today, a petition would be presented to rename the pitcher’s mound after Hank. If we did that, we would have offended and dismissed what Mike Morgal accomplished in 1975. Mike followed Hank with the same type of illustrious career. In 1986, we could have named first base after Desi Wilson and in 2002 we could have named the mound, or field, after Craig Hansen. All of these players were drafted into the major leagues, and after all, isn’t that what we should be proud of, the accomplishments of the players?

If the district wants to name anything after someone, let the people of our city decide by putting it on the ballot when we vote in May for our school budget. After all, it is the people of the city who have paid for the fields, buildings and grounds. Wouldn’t it be better to let a few thousand decide what we should do with our assets instead of 100 people, some of whom never attended school in this district, along with seven board members and a superintendent? After all, these are our assets and our history.

If not, then I move to rename the field after Sal Travatello, who I and a few hundred players played under, and who would be equally deserving of the honor. We could even start a petition.