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Independence Field dedicated to Art Savage
10/18/2010 7:52 PM ET
River Cats Independence Field was dedicated to the memory of Art Savage on Saturday, Oct. 16, in a ceremony at the South Sacramento complex that Art helped make a reality.

Tony Asaro, River Cats Community Relations, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Speakers included Congresswoman Doris Matsui, City Councilmember Bonnie Pannell, Independence Field youth baseball player Jacob Miller, program supervisor Annie Desalernos, Independence Field President Michael Ubaldi, and River Cats Owner Susan Savage.

Susan and her late husband, Art, purchased the Triple-A franchise and moved the team from Vancouver to the River City in 2000. For 10 years, they co-owned the River Cats, bringing baseball back to Sacramento after a 25-year absence. The couple helped make Independence Field a reality in 2005 as part of the Triple-A All-Star Game Legacy Project.

Art passed away on November 21, 2009.

Art's generosity and memory will live on in the hearts of all who use and enjoy River Cats Independence Field. River Cats Independence Field is a baseball diamond in South Sacramento resurfaced with a custom rubberized turf, a similar material used for the track and field surfaces in the Paralympics. This special field also includes dugouts, restrooms, snack bar and a family picnic area all redesigned to match accessibility standards for individuals with disabilities.

The River Cats Foundation, along with River Cats Baseball, Inc., contributed in cash, goods and services totaling over $250,000 to River Cats Independence Field over a three-year period of time.

Able-bodied players participate as volunteers and are paired with challenged players who will assist and play with them in batting, catching, throwing and running. Many of these volunteers are youth who are in need of experiencing how they can make powerful and positive differences in the lives of others. Leagues, clinics and tournaments are played from April until October at RCIF at the Samuel C. Pannell Center 2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento 95822. Games will be played on Saturday evenings. For more information, call (916) 808-2340.

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