Standings board at Hagerstown Pony League reflects Dottie's love

April 28, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- For more than 30 years, Doris "Dottie" Robinson was a fixture at the Hagerstown Pony League's Funkhouser Park baseball field.

Long after her own son stopped playing there, Robinson went out to the park at 4:30 p.m. and stayed until 11 p.m., opening and closing the concession stand, ordering and picking up the food, and cleaning up before and after each baseball season, Hagerstown Pony League president Jack Miller said.

Even after Robinson lost her eyesight to diabetes and began dialysis, she continued working at the concession stand with help from her family, said her husband, Russ.

"She loved it," Russ said.

So when memorial donations began pouring in after Robinson's death in October, officials found a way to use the money to both recognize Robinson and add something the league could enjoy for years to come.


At Sunday's opening ceremonies, the league unveiled a new standings board mounted above the concession stand, bearing the words "Dottie Robinson Memorial."

"I think it helps for all the team members and all the parents to remember that she did a lot," said Robinson's granddaughter, April Robinson, 12, who helped pull the cover off the new board.

About $3,800 was contributed to the league in Robinson's memory, her family said.

The new, lighted board is a major upgrade from the league's old standings board, which was a 4-foot-by-8-foot sheet of plywood with hooks, Miller said.

Though the board bears Robinson's name, it's not the only place she left her mark, he said. Robinson's work at the concession stand was the primary source of funding to pay for the park's lights, fence, uniforms, balls and other equipment, Miller said.

"She did a marvelous job seeing that this league was financially sound and we were able to provide a facility like this for the youth in Hagerstown," he said.

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