History

A Pictoral look at the History of the Ball Park. Click on a Photo to Learn More

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John Schmittdiel

The First Pitch

Here is a picture of John Schmittdiel, who was President at the time of the Boyne City Little League, throwing out the first pitch at the new waterfront park. Behind John you can see advertising signs on the right field fence and view of the Top of Michigan storage area which was fenced to help became the right field wall.

Year: 1963

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Orioles

Little League Team

Team photo of the 1969 Orioles. Players left to right, Rick Karlskin, Casey Newville, Mark Newville, Pete Slobleski, Johnny Battiste, Bat Boy Mitch Moore, Mike Slobleski, Lewis “Scrappy” Moore, Kim Amesbury, Mickey Olson, and Jim Jenuine

Year: 1969

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Waterfront Field Sign

Boyne City is in Little League District 8

We are proud to be in Little League District 8.

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The Waterfront Field as it stands today

Plan View from Google Maps

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Our Goal

Impression of updated field

Why update the field

In the early 1960's a group of Boyne City families help to hand build the waterfront field as it was moved from the current location of Litzenburger place. The field has stood for generations and allowed many families to experience the joy of baseball and softball.

The Diamond has served well over the years. The field has some major work to be done to remove lips, fill divots, mend fences and update dugouts. With the help of grants and volunteer we expect to be able to update the field polish to a luster not seen since it originally opened.
New Lighting, New turf, New drainage, each of these will assist in making the field playable where before we were limited by Mother Nature. It is the intention to make the field both playable for Baseball and Softball with a Special Mound.
It goes without saying when you do it right things last. This field is a testament to that. We look to update and modernize the field for future generations to enjoy for another 50+ years.

Our Team

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John Bush Jr

Committee Co-Chair

John Bush was born and raised in Boyne City. John played many years on the waterfront field as a child. He’s the owner of the Northern Michigan Dogmen Baseball/softball youth organization, Bush-league baseball/softball academy and Up North image wear in Boyne City along with his wife Shelley. He was a recipient of a baseball scholarship to play at Glen Oaks Jr college and Saginaw Valley State University after graduating high school in Boyne. He’s currently the assistant varsity baseball coach for Boyne City and a current Police Officer in the area. He believes in promoting the sport for future youth opportunities.




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Lynda Christensen

Treasurer

Lynda is a former Softball player and a member of the USA Softball Hall of Fame

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Barb Loper

Director

A Northern Michigan Native, Barb serves as the Vice President of the Boyne City Little League

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Patrick McCleary

Historian

Patrick McCleary is a fourth generation Boyne City resident. His great Grandfather Colley immigrated from Bracebridge, Ontario and arrived in Boyne City with his family in 1901- a foreman for William S. Shaw’s newly established leather tannery. The maternal side of his family arrived in 1914. Patrick's father later worked for the City of Boyne and my family has remained a part of the Boyne community to the present day.
Currently, Patrick is serving his third year with the Boyne Heritage Center (BHC) Board of Directors as the chairman of their Collections Committee. Patrick has also spent more than 15 years on the Board of Directors for the Charlevoix County History preservation Society (CCHPS); have served five terms as President of the Charlevoix County Genealogical Society (CCGS); and remained involved in various aspects of many area and State historical organizations and museums.
For more than 30 years he has conducted both genealogical and local history research for himself and on a paid basis. In addition to expanding on his own education, he has also taught classes.
Throughout the years, Patrick has successfully amassed a rather extensive collection of photographs and historical information on Boyne City and Charlevoix County as a whole. He continues to research and compile written material on a number of local history subjects, many of which have been developed for eventual publication. In doing so, he has increasingly worked with regional archives, universities and museums, both in Michigan and across the country.




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Becky Palmiter

Director

Becky has been invloved with the Little League for over 10 years. She is an avid softball and baseball fan and has a coaching business to improve softball players skills. Becky is a former School teacher and is a Director on the Little League Board. She beleives in keeping sports activities avaialble for future generations

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Debbie Riehl

Social Media Relations

A Boyne City Native, Debbie serves as the Treasurer of the Little League.

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Dan Schmittdiel

Secretary

Dan is a native of Boyne City and has recently moved back after spending 38 years in the Chicago area. Dan inherited his love for Boyne City and sports from his parents – John and Marie Schmittdiel. He grew up playing Little League Baseball on the Waterfront Park. His dad was a active in the Boyne City Little League, a past President and was among the group who established the Waterfront Field in 1960




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Rob Towne

Committee Co-Chair

Rob is a Boyne City Native and is the current President of Boyne City Little League. He is an avid youth volunteer serving as Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach and Head Junior Varsity Baseball Coach previously. He has coached in the Little League for his sons and is the current High School Junior Varsity Bowling coach. His vision is to continue to provide opportunities for the youth of Boyne City.

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Chuck Vondra

Director

Chuck is a former Little League Board Member and Little League coach. Chuck serves the community both from a volunteer role and his job as the Sheriff of Charlevoix County.

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Nikki Wormell

Fundraising Co-Chair

Nikki grew up in Boyne City and is a former Little League player herself. She has children in the Little League program and volunteers her time to the Little League and other youth organizations. Nikki is is the current Player Agent on the Little League Board

Contact


Waterfront Field of Dreams Committee

General Inquiry

We can be reached by email. If you prefer to speak with someone drop us your contact info and a Team Member will call you back

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Donations

Please contact either of our Fundraising Committee Chairs or click the donate Button Below

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Media Inquiry

Please email our Media Relations Team Memeber- Al Aown

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