If you have ever stepped foot into the heartwarming town of Lancaster, Ohio, you probably know of its beautiful landmark called Beavers Field.
Beavers Field originated from a man with a great idea; a man who has the utmost passion and admirable dedication to the game of baseball. If you know of Beavers Field, then you probably know the man in question - Coach Al Beavers.
Al began his coaching career in 1974 as the head skipper for the Lancaster Post 11 American Legion Baseball Team. To date, he has over 700 wins to his name! However, solely coaching the team wasn’t enough for Al. He wanted to build something that would belong only to the Lancaster Post 11 ALB Team; a home field that this team had not had.
This desire led Al and his family down a path that they never thought possible – the creation of Beavers Field, Home Field of Lancaster Post 11 American Legion Baseball. Al and his family’s hard work and devotion have touched the lives of many people across the states of this beautiful country.
Not only has Al given his life to baseball, but he put it on the line as he fought alongside the rest of our courageous men in the Vietnam War. Al entered the Army in 1966 and went to Vietnam in April, 1968, assigned to the 9th Admin Co, 9th Infantry Division, USARV USARPAC. He received two Bronze Stars – second with Oak Leaf Cluster for meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces. He also received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in May, 1969.
In building Beavers Field, Al had someone who stood by his side every step of the way, a someone who also dedicated her life to making the dream of Beavers Field into a reality – Phyllis Beavers. If you do not know her, you know of her amazing “Phyllis Burger”, by far the best seller at the field’s concession stand.
From an unnoticeable hill on the side of State Route 37 to a beautiful turf field and Lancaster’s best burgers, Al and Phyllis Beavers have created something historical, something that has been and will be a part of every baseball fan around.
For everything you have done, Al and Phyllis, we thank you.