Harry Dallara Foundation, MLB team up for a day of baseball

Published 12:23 pm Monday, May 8, 2023

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Event set for June 10

TRYON– Next month, the Harry Dallara Foundation and Major League Baseball (MLB) are partnering to bring a special day of baseball activities to youth and adults of Polk County and surrounding areas.

The event, sponsored by the Harry Dallara Foundation, will take place on Saturday, June 10 at Harmon Field and is part of the Major League Baseball’s PLAY BALL program, which is being celebrated across the country.

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The Greenville Drive, the High-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, has agreed to lend their support in working with the youth of Polk County and the Piedmont area for this special day of baseball. 

The day will begin with the MLB sponsored PLAY BALL youth event. Children ages 4-9 will be able to participate in the program, where they will be able to benefit from instruction from experienced ballplayers. Special gifts will be given to each participant.

Starting at 1:30 p.m, a Polk County team will take on a team from Boiling Springs in a special youth baseball game, where boys and girls ages 6-9 are set to compete. 

After the youth game, the adults will have their time to shine, with a ball game between firefighters and police officers of Tryon and Polk County. This must-see match-up is set to begin at 3 p.m.

A statue of Harry Dallara welcomes baseball players as they enter the field. (photo by Jamie Lewis)

Other festivities will be taking place throughout the afternoon, including live music, a raffle, and an auction of baseball memorabilia. Celebrity youth umpire, Kyson “The Kid Umpire” Scurry will be attending the event. Food and refreshments will be sold at the Harmon Field concession stand.

“We are excited about the special baseball event which we are planning for Harmon Field on Saturday, June 10,” says Charles Dallara, chairman of the Harry Dallara Memorial Foundation. “We are particularly pleased that Major League Baseball and the Greenville Drive are supporting this exceptional day of baseball activities.”

Those partnering with the Harry Dallara Foundation and MLB include the Polk County Recreation Department, YMCA of Greater Spartanburg, the Youth Sports Bureau of Spartanburg, the Slide Baseball Podcast, and the firefighters and police officers of Polk County, Tryon and Columbus.

The Harry Dallara Foundation plans to utilize the event to further its goal in promoting greater involvement in baseball by the youth of the country and to advance plans in renovating two youth ball fields at Duncan Park in Spartanburg.

The event will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Harmon Field, located at 117 Harmon Field Rd. in Tryon. 

A view of Harry Dallara Baseball Field ( Photo by Jamie Lewis)