Dallara grand opening

Published 1:38 pm Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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Community celebrates $500K of improvements to new ball field


TRYON—The Town of Tryon, Harmon Field Board of Supervisors and Harry Dallara Foundation officially opened the new Harry Dallara Baseball Field in Tryon on Saturday.

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Officials spoke and unveiled the Harry Dallara statue and a plaque of the Tryon All-Stars.

People in attendance were treated to a free lunch as well as a baseball game from area youth.

The game included first pitches thrown out by Keenysia Young, who is a great niece of Jimmy Young, one of the Tryon All-Stars players from Tryon’s semi-pro baseball team in the 1940s.

Speakers on Saturday included Dr. Charles Dallara, son of Harry Dallara and chair of the Harry Dallara Foundation; an invocation by Bruce Chamber; Tryon Mayor Alan Peoples; Harmon Field Board of Supervisors Chair Steve Nelon; Sculptor David Dreming; Harry Dallara Foundation Director Gordon Hamilton; Denny’s Corporation’s Sam Foster and April Kelly; Harry Dallara Foundation Director and grandson of Harry Dallara Adrian Dallara; Dallara Foundation Directors Bill Cummings and Peixin Dallara and Bobby Richardson, New York Yankees second baseman and 1960 World Series MVP.

First pitches were also thrown out by Harry Dallara’s great-grandson Oumar Koume; Richardson and Charles Dallara.

The game was played under the direction of Major League player with the Chicago White Sox and Polk County native Joel Booker.

Lunch was provided by Holden’s Ranch out of Spartanburg.


Little Sister Throws Opening Day First Pitch at New Harry Dallara Baseball Field


Saturday, September 5th was Opening Day at brand new Harry Dallara Baseball Field in Tryon and Little Sister Keenysia Young threw out the first pitch. The grand opening celebration included a dedication ceremony for the new field, recognition of the Tryon All-Stars, a little league baseball game, and speeches from a number of dignitaries. The Tryon All-Stars were a Negro League team from the 1940’s. Jimmy Young was a player for the All-Stars and three of his great nieces, sisters Jakariah, Keenysia and Chantella, all played in the little league game to commemorate the occasion. Jakaria and Keenysia are both Little Sisters and they both gave their all during the game, which ended in an 11-11 tie.  Keenysia’s Big Sister Becky McCall was also  in attendance. Teams were coached by Tryon’s own Joel Booker, a minor league player for the Chicago White Sox. The Young family really embraced this community celebration. Their enthusiastic participation helped make the event a lot of fun for the kids. The family will receive two donated Ingel’s gift certificates, one for each Little, for the tremendous energy and enthusiasm they brought to this event. Well done, Ladies!




Audrey Kendrick

Program Coordinator