Bay officials dedicate Ebert Field in Cahoon Park

Gary Ebert, right, was honored with a plaque dedicating a baseball field in his name, at the corner of Dover Center and Lake roads. He is pictured at the unveiling with his wife, Pamela, center, and children Amanda Liskovec, Brian Ebert and Carrie Bussewitz. Photo by Denny Wendell

There are only a handful of times in a city’s history when a resident is permanently and publicly recognized for their noteworthy and selfless contributions to that municipality.

One individual has played both leadership and supportive roles in the personal and professional elements of his life in Bay Village over many years. His involvement was always caring and passionate, whether as coach, father, board member, friend, community leader, councilman, law director, event planner, sponsor, mediator, philanthropist, volunteer, fundraiser, legal counsel and parish member, among other roles. Quite simply, he was, has been and continues to be a voice fully supportive of Bay Village.  

Longtime Bay Village resident Gary Ebert was recognized on Monday, June 24, for his contributions to our Bay Village youth baseball and city recreational programs; yet, this recognition was also representative of his decades of commitment to bettering our community as a whole.

During his 30-plus years of public service to the city, Gary served as Ward 4 councilman, law director and two stints as acting mayor. He worked under six mayors and with 31 council members.

Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar, Ward 1 Councilman/Council Vice President Dave Tadych and I were honored to speak on Gary’s behalf at this memorable Cahoon Park event. And yes, the weather even cooperated for this special ceremony, giving all attendees a break from the periodic rounds of rain. 

With able assistance from all of the Ebert grandchildren, we jointly unveiled a special plaque honoring Gary Ebert’s contributions to our fine city. As part of this well-deserved recognition, Dover 1 Field will now be known as Ebert Field.

“This is over the top," Gary said after the unveiling. "To have that baseball field and have this plaque here, it really means a lot. Bay’s in my heart, it’s always been in my heart.”

Gary joins Bay baseball icons Joe Hartman and Joe O’Connor in the distinction of having a baseball field named in their honor.

When you have the chance, stop by Ebert Field to visit this classy, sculptured and permanent fixture ... it is well worth the visit!

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 10:02 AM, 07.02.2019