Dugout Doings: A man for all seasons
Forty-six-hundred baseball, softball, football and basketball players belong to 375 NYO
teams. There are 12 cheerleading squads. Over the course of a year, 2,434 games are
played and 7,848 practices are held on 21 fields, 15 of which get used for games.
Theyʼre at nine sites and five gyms.
How do we know? Itʼs because Larry Bennett says itʼs so.
Once --- not all that long ago --- the NYO facilities were, in the words of Baseball
Commissioner Cliff Barshay, “a mess.” Then Larry swung into action. “He was the
brains and the engine behind the overall rehab of the fields 10 years ago when we were
Unless you were the player who took a bad-hop ball to the nose off a bumpy infield, itʼs
easy to forget what things were like. A downpour that today may delay the start of a
game once washed out entire games and practices. Players are safer and fields are
better, vastly better, because of Larry.
So quiet and unassuming