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Louisa ball field renamed for longtime Louisa coach

Posted on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

Dana Racette (l) surprises Dicky Purcell with the news that the Little League field will be renamed ‘Purcell Field’ in honor of his 50 years of coaching baseball in Louisa.

Any concerns that the name of Dicky Purcell may one day fade from a discussion about baseball in Louisa County can be put to rest.

Beginning next season, the Little League field in Louisa by the Fireman’s Fairgrounds will be known as ‘Purcell Field,’ honoring its namesake’s more than 50 years of coaching Little League in Louisa County.

The announcement was made during the sendoff celebration for the state champion 9-11 year-old little league team on July 28, much to the surprise of Purcell himself.

“You’ve floored me,” he said to Dana Racette, a member of the Louisa Volunteer Fire Department, after she made the announcement. “I was not expecting anything like that.”

The field is owned by the Louisa Volunteer Fire Department and has been leased by Louisa Little League for the last half-century for $1 a year.

As is typical of Purcell’s character, he was humble about the honor.

“I get more credit than I deserve, really,” he said. “The coaches I’ve worked with over the years, the kids I’ve coached, they deserve the credit. I couldn’t have done it without them.”