Saturday, May 4, 2019 - More than 250 alumni, parents and fans were in attendance as the Detroit Catholic Central Fr. Martin Baseball Complex and Al Moran ’57 Field at Shamrock Park was officially dedicated and blessed.
With many former CC baseball players and coaches in attendance, the day also served as a reunion for the schools storied baseball program. So many great teams and players were represented and took part in this celebration of CC Baseball! Mr. Stan Wilkins ’42 and The Honorable Roland L. Olzark ’45, two of Fr. James Martin’s, C.S.B. former all-time great ball players from the Belmont Avenue and (14) consecutive Catholic League Championships days were on hand. How fantastic it was to have Mr. Wilkins and Judge Olzark with us! Al Moran ’57 gave a heartfelt speech recognizing and thanking his family, the Basilian Fathers, former and current coaches and players, and the benefactors who made this long awaited dream of such a complex and field a reality.
Fr. Richard Elmer, C.S.B. ’46, CC President Emeritus, gave an uplifting prayer as he blessed the complex and field. Mr. Ed Turek ’85, CC President, and a former ball player of (Coach) Al Moran ‘57, expressed CC’s collective gratitude towards all who made the project a success, as well as for Fr. Martin and Al Moran ‘57, who have dedicated their lives to CC, the baseball program and the formation of young men. Mr. Dan Collins ’84, CC Advancement Director, wonderfully guided the ceremony as Masters of Ceremony.
This beautiful May day was made complete with our home team Shamrocks sweeping a doubleheader against Catholic League foe, the Cubs of U of D Jesuit, 6-1 in game one, and 7-6 in an exciting extra inning game two.
A special thank you to all who made the Fr. Martin Baseball Complex and Al Moran ’57 Field at Shamrock Park a dream come true! Thank you to the former ball players of (Coach) Al Moran ’57, Mr. Aaron Babicz ’93, CC Athletic Director; Mr. Dan Michaels ’84, CC Head Baseball Coach; Mr. Anthony Tomey ’99, CC Baseball Project Member; Mr. Bob Santello ’58, CC Baseball Project Member; Mr. Rudy Seichter ’59, CC Advancement and Alumni Relations, and Tim Burke ’86, CC Advancement and Alumni Relations, who contributed invaluably to the project and dedication ceremony event.
“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.