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WYB 439 strong open in yankee stadium

No, not Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, Yankee Stadium in Gavin Park, Wilton. The Park also has Fenway Park, Shea Stadium and Camden Yards. And now to add to those illustrious names

Art Johnson Field. (See Story Page 4).

Always a festive occasion for Wilton Youth Baseball (WYB). This year with the addition of Babe Ruth teams for older players, and softball for girls 439 players are actively participating in the program at Gavin Park..

The Program May 5 began with the teams parading under the great American Flag (donated to Maple Ave by Saratoga National) to Yankee Stadium.

There after thanks to all who are helping the program Jackets were awarded to 12 year olds who would be exiting the program.

The Program ended with Supervisor Art Johnson throwing the first pitch (overhand) and Councilman Steve Streiher pitching the first softball (underhand). Steve's daughter, Sarah, is in the program.

It seems appropriate. Art on May 5, 2006 threw out the first ball to open the first season of Wilton Youth Baseball.

Art is still Supervisor and again on May 5 - this time in 2012 - Art opened the WYB season by throwing out the first pitch.

Naming the teeball field Art Johnson Field is a nice honor to express the appreciation Youth Baseball has for the support the Town Board has shown WYB over the years.

Art might say the entire Town Board has been totally supportive of WYB and the whole Board probably should have been honored. But Art is the only Board member who has been on the Board from the beginning of Youth Baseball and he is still on the Board lending his knowledge and experience to help youth in Wilton. Experience to help youth in Wilton.

As Art did for the First Opener in 2006, it was another strike over home plate.

Councilman Steve Streiher did the honors for Wilton Girls Softball.