Last summer, the Play Ball Fund held a tournament at Dixon and Wildcat fields This year, Wildcat Field was renamed in honor of Mt. Lebanon grad Clint Seymour.
In 2014, Clint Seymour, Mt. Lebanon native, died after receiving head injuries in a street altercation in Charleston, South Carolina. The man who was convicted of assaulting him, Ellis Dalton Clarke, received a 15-year prison sentence this year.
Seymour, 27, had a lifelong love of baseball. All-state with the 2004 Blue Devils, he went on to play college ball at Eastern Kentucky.
In his memory Seymour’s parents, Don and Mary, established the Clint Seymour Play Ball Fund, dedicated to promoting youth baseball and instilling kids with the joy of the game. One of the group’s board of directors is former Pirate and current New York Met infielder Neil Walker, one of Clint’s closest friends.
In March, the Mt. Lebanon Commission voted to rename Wildcat Field on Cedar Boulevard, which serves as the Blue Devils’ home diamond, after Seymour. The Play Ball Fund will pay for more than $60,000 worth of improvements to the field, including a new electronic scoreboard, repairs to the bullpen and replacement of safety screens.
In 2015, the foundation donated a new entry sign for Foster School, where Clint, his sister, Carly, and his father all attended. The sign bears a plaque in Clint’s memory.
Although the foundation has made several local donations in Clint’s native Mt. Lebanon, it has a strong focus on building fields and promoting baseball in places where children might not otherwise have easy access to fields and programs. To donate or learn more about the Clint Play Ball Fund, visit www.clintplayball.com.