Field re­named for Phillies chair­man

New sign un­veiled re­nam­ing Daisy Field as David P. Mont­gomery Field

The Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Rick Caw­ley For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

The for­mer Daisy Field in Wissahickon was for­mally re­named for the Philadel­phia Phillies Chair­man David P. Mont­gomery Sun­day.

The event, orig­i­nally sched­uled for Satur­day, was pushed to Sun­day be­cause of weather con­cerns.

Mayor Jim Ken­ney, one of the many dig­ni­taries in at­ten­dance, re­marked at the podium to the large gath­er­ing that sur­rounded the field,“This is a beau­ti­ful day in a beau­ti­ful place hon­or­ing a beau­ti­ful per­son.”

The 72-year-old Mont­gomery be­gan his Lit­tle League play­ing days at this very “field of dreams” 61 years ago in the spring of 1957 dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral sea­son of the An­dorra A’s.

Mont­gomery, who grew up on Pem­brook Road, is a Penn Char­ter and Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia grad. He used his coach­ing ties at Ger­man­town Academy to help land him a job in the Phillies’ sales and mar­ket­ing of­fice in 1971.

By 1980, Mont­gomery had worked his way up to the head of the Phillies busi­ness de­part­ment. Dur­ing his front of­fice ten­ure, he also man­aged to pitch in as a score­board op­er­a­tor.

In 1981, he and Bill Giles pur­chased the Phillies for $30 mil­lion, with Mont­gomery as­sum­ing the role of ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent. By 1997, Mont­gomery had in­her­ited the ti­tle of team pres­i­dent from Bill Giles, who took on the role of chair­man to al­low him time to de­vote to help­ing the Phillies se­cure a new sta­dium. Mont­gomery is cur­rently the chair­man of the Phillies or­ga­ni­za­tion, al­low­ing him to carry on a close re­la­tion­ship with Philly fans, cus­tomers and spon­sors. He also and re­mains ac­tive in civic, char­i­ta­ble and sports en­deav­ors like the Philadel­phia Youth Sports Col­lab­o­ra­tive, which has the goal to give young­sters an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in af­ter-school sports pro­grams.

A long list of lo­cal lu­mi­nar­ies came to par­tic­i­pate in the cel­e­bra­tion. Phillies PA an­nouncer Dan Baker used his iconic voice to em­cee the event. Mak­ing ap­pear­ances at the podium were Ken­ney, for­mer Gov. Ed Ren­dell, Coun­cil­man Cur­tis Jones Jr., Parks & Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sioner Kathryn Ott Lovell, city Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Michael DiBer­ar­di­nis and Phillies leg­end Larry Bowa.

All spoke of their var­i­ous al­liances with Mont­gomery over the years, the many ex­am­ples of his com­mit­ment to the in­tegrity of the Phillies or­ga­ni­za­tion, his deep sense of car­ing for fam­ily and friends, his acts of kind­ness to those who crossed his path, his “never say die” at­ti­tude and his gen­eros­ity when it comes to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of

youths in the Philadel­phia com­mu­nity.

Other no­ta­bles in at­ten­dance in­cluded many for­mer Phillies play­ers and as­so­ci­ates, such as Larry Chris­ten­son, Milt Thomp­son, Mickey Mo­ran­dini, Larry An­der­sen, Chris Wheeler, Cole Hamels and, of course, the Phillie Pha­natic.

Be­fore a plaque was un­veiled to com­mem­o­rate the field, Mont­gomery rem­i­nisced about his younger days and the fond mem­o­ries he had play­ing sports in Roxbor­ough com­mu­nity. He at­tested to the sup­port he re­ceived from his par­ents grow­ing up and his deep de­vo­tion to wife Lynn and his en­tire fam­ily, many of whom came out to be by his side. Three of his grand­chil­dren threw out the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch.

As Mont­gomery re­turned to his prover­bial “field Of dreams,” he couldn’t help but no­tice the many up­grades that had re­cently been in­stalled in the field with his name­sake. As he min­gled with friends and well-wish­ers fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, he ad­mir­ingly took in the new over­head light­ing, an up­graded field sur­face, stylish re­tain­ing walls, new steps to the field and a top-notch dugout . And the one that brought a tear to his eye: the large ban­ner bear­ing his name for pos­ter­ity, “David P. Mont­gomery Field.”

RiCK CaW­leY — FOR diG­i­tal FiRst Me­dia

dave Mont­gomery re­calls sto­ries from his youth in Roxbor­ough.

DOnna PeRsiCO — FOR diG­i­tal FiRst Me­dia

the david P. Mont­gomery Field sign is un­veiled. Pic­tured are, from left, city Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael diber­ar­di­nis, City Coun­cil­man Cur­tis Jones Jr., Mayor Jim Ken­ney, Parks & Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sioner Kathryn Ott lovell, lynn Mont­gomery, dave Mont­gomery, larry bowa and for­mer Penn­syl­va­nia Gov. ed


Dave Mont­gomery poses with the Phillie Pha­natic and Mickey Mo­ran­dini.

For­mer Phillie Cole Hamels shares how he was in­spired by Dave Mont­gomery’s gen­eros­ity.

The Phillie Pha­natic hams it up with the Phillies RBI softball team.

Donna Persico poses with Dave Mont­gomery.

City Coun­cil­man Cur­tis Jones Jr. speaks at the cer­e­mony.

Mayor Jim Ken­ney talks about the bond be­tween his of­fice and the Phillies or­ga­ni­za­tion.

For­mer Gov. Ed Ren­dell shares anec­dotes in­volv­ing Dave Mont­gomery.

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