Linda Anderson holds a photo of her late husband, Rick Crowe.
STELLARTON - The big white sign used to sit just beyond the fence in right field: the Rick Crowe Memorial Field, it announced.
It’s gone now, to be replaced soon with a new sign, as the two ball fields in Evansville that sit across the road from each other have been spruced up.
The Rick Crowe Memorial Field was named in honour of Crowe, who was instrumental in rejuvenating minor baseball in Stellarton back in the 1970s.
Crowe, who’d been a reporter and editor with what was then called The Evening News, died suddenly in October of 1984, from a heart condition that he’d had since birth. He left behind his wife Linda (now Linda Anderson) and their three young children – Darcy, Wendy and Aaron.
He also left behind a legacy of helping to rebuild baseball in Stellarton.
“He did a lot for the kids in Stellarton in that time of our lives. There was no minor ball for the kids, but he started it back up. He coached them, as well,” said Anderson, who now lives in Bridgeville with her husband, Melvin ‘Bud’ Anderson, who coincidentally coached women’s softball for years in Pictou County.
“Those children who played back then are all grown,” she added, “but the kids coming up wouldn’t know who Rick was. It’s kind of nice for him to still be remembered.”
Tributes from colleagues such as Charlie Stevens, Aleta Williams and Rev. Paul Abbass – among others – were published soon after Crowe’s death.
“He was loyal,” one remembrance stated. “Loyal to his friends, his family, loyal to his job and the responsibilities that went with it, loyal to his duties as a citizen.”
Shortly after Crowe’s passing, Harrison MacKenzie worked to get the field named after him. His efforts would be rewarded in September 1986.
“There was a lot of people involved in the minor ball. I can’t remember them all, but it wasn’t just me and Rick,” said MacKenzie, who is currently a Pictou resident but at the time lived in Stellarton, just down the street from the Crowe residence.
“But Rick was the driving force behind it and when he passed away, we felt it quite fitting that we name that field after him. It just seemed like the thing to do.”