Moberly Names Field After General Omar Bradley

2 years 7 months 3 weeks ago April 16, 2014 Apr 16, 2014 Wednesday, April 16 2014 Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:44:00 PM CDT in Sports
By: Chris Lilly, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter

MOBERLY - On Tuesday night there was a special ceremony at Moberly High School to honor alum General Omar Bradley. 

The high school held a dedication ceremony to name its baseball field, General Omar Bradley Field.

Secretary of State Jason Kander spoke at the ceremony and threw out the first pitch. He said, "General Omar Bradley and his legacy represent the best of Missouri. Missouri has given a lot to the country over the years. One of the things the country can be most proud of comes from right here, is the last five star general in our history."

Bradley is known throughout Moberly as a five star general, but what not many other people know is he excelled on the baseball diamond too. 

Aaron Vitt, principal of Moberly High School said, "He was an alum of Moberly High School and an accomplished baseball player at Moberly High School and an accomplished baseball player at West Point. What a more fitting tribute to the man and the things he valued and enjoyed than naming our baseball field after him."

Vitt also said Omar Bradley batted .387 in 1914, and .325 while leading the team to a 18-3 record in 1915.

Moberly High Athletic Director Kenny Seifert said, "We take a lot of pride in our field name. It also gives you the flexibility to do some things with your athletic facilities that you might not otherwise have an opportunity to do."

Seifert also said, "We know the history of Omar Bradley and what he brought to this community, and we wanted to tie that to our athletic program. Obviously in this situation we are talking about his success as a baseball player."

The Moberly Spartans wore blue camouflage uniforms to add to the ceremony.  

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