December 18, 2004

Boston baseball diamonds to be named for Ebersol

LITCHFIELD, Conn. -- Three baseball diamonds along Boston's Esplanade will be named for 14-year-old Teddy Ebersol, Red Sox team officials said.

Red Sox officials made the announcement at the teen's funeral Friday.

Ebersol, a passionate Red Sox fan, was killed Nov. 28 when the plane he was traveling in crashed amid freezing temperatures, fog and light snow. His father, NBC Sports executive Dick Ebersol, and his 21-year-old brother, Charlie, were injured.

The three baseball fields are located along a 17-mile stretch of the Charles River, and are used for pick-up games and for adult play. Boston Red Sox owner Tom Werner, a friend of Dick Ebersol, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the Boston Red Sox Foundation plan to restore the fields, officials said.

"We're still in the early stages of planning," said Meg Vaillancourt, senior vice president of corporate affairs for the Red Sox. "But we hope to have the restoration completed by this summer."

Friends said that the day after the Red Sox defeated the Yankees to win the American League Championship, Teddy Ebersol brought a box of tissues to his school cafeteria, and gave them to Yankees fans. At a memorial service this week, friends gave away Red Sox cookies shaped like two red socks to mourners.

The accident also killed pilot Luis Alberto Polanco and flight attendant Warren Richardson III. Federal authorities are investigating whether ice on the wings contributed to the crash, and why the pilots did not de-ice the wings.

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