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Ed Smith recognized for years of dedication to Marcus baseball

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The 2007 MMC Eagles baseball team looks on as the dedication of the high school field was made with Ali Vasher honoring her dad, Ed Smith. Smith's son-in-law. Al Vasher is the current head MMC baseball coach. The love of the game is multi-generational in this family. Photo by Nancy Hohbach
Ed Smith was recently recognized for his many years of dedication to making a worthy home for Marcus baseball when the high school baseball complex was officially named Ed Smith Field. Smith coached baseball for over 20 years and during all those years, willingly gave of his spare time and effort to build a facility the community can be very proud of.

Smith moved to Marcus in 1971, after serving two years in the Pomeroy school system. He began his baseball career in Marcus with Terry Horsley coaching baseball. Horsley asked the superintendent to purchase uniforms and from there, Smith went to work.

According to his family, Smith has always loved baseball and considered it as a "thinking man's game." He felt that many lessons on the field also apply to life. Smith took kids and improved their skills, and got them to see what they did in the game as a team effort. Smith began playing the game himself as an eight -year- old back in 1952

Ed Smith's family joined him for the naming of "Ed Smith Field" in Marcus recently. From left to right - son Brad Smith, now living in Arizona; daughter Dana Teske of Carroll, Diane and Ed Smith,and daughters Ali Vasher and Susan Mulder, all of Marcus. The Smiths have nine granddaughters and one grandson, and also three more granddaughters expected later this year. Photo by Nancy Hohbach
Smith pulled others in to make the field was indeed a worthy project. He noted the efforts of Dave Pearson and Mike Barry, who also gave many hours of sweat to improve the complex. Smith worked every inch of the field, produced improved dugouts, situated netting behind home plate, poured cement for the bleachers, erected batting cages, made dirt paths around the bases and situated a fine pitcher's mound. On top of all of this, he saw to it that trees were planted.

The district's residents can be proud of the complex, and grateful that one individual took the project to heart. Many mornings, evenings and weekends, one could see Smith at work, grinding away on what he envisioned for the school.

The Smith family know better than anyone else how much the complex means to their father. All the family were present for the dedication of the field in their Dad's name - "Ed Smith Field."

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