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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Holiday event includes field rededication

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  • A field re-dedication, a cancer awareness event and a doubleheader baseball sweep of rival Auburn by the Nebraska City American Legion teams kicked off a day of Fourth of July fun and festivities at Steinhart Park on Friday.
    Clemmy Holmes
    Prior to the start of the second game in Friday’s doubleheader, time was taken to re-dedicate Clemmy Holmes Field.
    The field recently added a new scoreboard which bears the name Clemmy Holmes Field. In addition, three new flag poles have been erected in right center field.
    The Nebraska City field in Steinhart Park has long been known as Clemmy Holmes Field in honor of the late Nebraska City businessman who tirelessly supported, promoted and sponsored American Legion baseball here.
    Kermit Holmes, Clemmy’s son, was on hand for the Friday re-dedication along with his wife Pat.
    Joe Johnson, Nebraska City’s City Administrator offered a few words during the re-dedication ceremony.
    “It always takes a champion of the cause to make something like this happen,” said Johnson, adding that those qualities were ones that summed up Clemmy.
    Clemmy Holmes opened a Ford, Lincoln and Mercury automobile dealership in Nebraska City in 1946. During many years as a businessman in Nebraska City, Kermit said his dad always supported the endeavors of local youths, particularly, but not limited to, their involvement in baseball.
    Clemmy Holmes passed away in 1976 and the field was named in his honor sometime after that date.
    Due to the combined efforts of the Nebraska City Baseball Association and the City of Nebraska City, Kermit said the field  looks great and is a great honor to his father’s memory.
    “I am really impressed,” Kermit said.
    Also on hand for the re-dedication was Evelyn Alonso of Woodmen of the World, which provided funds for the instalation of the new flag poles.
    Both Kermit Holmes and Alonzo threw out first pitches prior to the start of the second game of Friday’s doubleheader.
    Pink Out
    Nebraska City and Auburn players donned pink jerseys and the field was decked out in pink, with pink baselines and pink bases, all in an effort to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research.
    Two split-the-pot drawings raised $280 that was donated to the American Cancer Society. Pink t-shirts and car magnets were also sold with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
    McKim
    Nebraska City fans were treated to National Anthem performances by Jim McKim, father of the late Rob McKim, a former Nebraska City American Legion baseball player.
    Rob died tragically earlier this year. He was a member of the 2002 Nebraska City American Legion Seniors baseball team which won the Class B state championship and finished second at Super State.
    Page 2 of 2 - During Rob’s time as a player on the Nebraska City team, Jim would frequently be asked to sing the National Anthem before games.

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