Group Wants to Expand Ball Field Restoration

Officials with Magnolia Sports Complex say that they remain committed to helping restore a community through the historic Boyd Field near Magnolia Middle School.

Many former professional baseball players, including former MLB pitcher, Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd, played on this now restored diamond.

As construction of the new press box continues, baseball season is drawing ever closer. The first year was better-than-expected.

Members of the Magnolia Youth Sports Organization are hoping for an even better year this year, with help from the community.

"For over 18 years it stayed vacant, and now we've come together as a committee and we reopened the field," said board member Nathaniel Pringle. "And we're asking that the city, the community come together and help us keep this field together."

The historic nature of this baseball diamond isn't really understood until you hear the names of even just the Boyd family who played here.

"We're looking at Skeeter, who played over here; we're looking at Steve who played with the Meridian A's, the Meridian White Sox," said Neil Boyd, who also played professional baseball. "These are the old Negro League teams that were still in existence a few years back. Then we're looking at Michael who played for the Kansas City Royals."

By bringing football, soccer, and baseball back to the Magnolia Sports Complex, board member Percy Bland says it isn't just about revitalizing this park. It's about revitalizing the community and the youth in the community.

"We want to have a place that, once we get these kids, this group of kids, that we can have some summer enrichment programs in this area for them," said Bland. "So we're trying to tie all that in. But this sports piece is just the piece of the puzzle to get them here so that we can do the academic part that we really want to do with the kids."

The baseball season will begin around June 9 and last for six weeks. If you would like to register your child or be a volunteer, you may call 601-482-2911.

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