The Lakeshore Baseball Club making over Marsh Field in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A city-owned baseball field in Muskegon will soon get a facelift, thanks to three businessmen who are also baseball enthusiasts.

The work at Marsh Field on Laketon Avenue will start this spring. The men have a new agreement with the city to take private control over the public park.

The "glory days" at Marsh Field are long gone. Once home to minor league men's and women's teams, Marsh Field has lost its luster. But, thanks to Len Piasecki, Pete Gawkowski, and Jim Greveo, and the newly formed Lakeshore Baseball Club, the diamond may once again shine.


"Baseball has been here since 1916," said Piasecki. "Some of the teams drew 170,000 people."

The city and club have an agreement that both parties should benefit from. The city park will receive thousands of dollars in improvements free of charge. The club gets use of the field for leagues, tournaments, and clinics. It also gets profits from ticket and concession sales.

"There is so much potential here," said Pete Gawkowski, one of the partners. "There is so much to do."

Only 50 games were played here last year. The new club has already scheduled 200. And even with snow on the ground, this group can already hear the crack of the bat at the corner of Laketon and Peck.

"We will get it up to where it needs to be," said Jim Greveo, also of the club.

Efforts to raise money to pay for the improvements at Marsh Field are being organized by the Lakeshore Baseball Club. The first tournament on Marsh Field will be held in June.

Source: WZZM

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