A Little Lincoln History...
In 1959 a gentleman by the name of Dave Williams
and a few other businessmen went to nearby communities to gather used
equipment and other needed items to form teams and to bring to Lincoln,
California an organization known as Little League Baseball.
They began their search for a field to play on,
so they asked a gentleman whom is known as "Mr. Baseball", and could
never say "No". His only reply was "I'll take care of it." That he
had done again and again. He would build the first field with a wooden
fence. Along with the help of many volunteers and the snack bar,
(which at the time was a used snowcone machine purchased for $25.00,
with ice and syrup donated by Micky McCartney), the league began to
Dave Williams and the five other businessman
each donated $25.00 to get Lincoln Little League chartered, and by 1962
Lincoln Little League was recorded in Williamsport. In the early
1960's the field was rebuilt by Mr. Little League and other volunteers,
giving it an updated look with cyclone fencing and a bigger snack bar,
which brings us to 1994 and the rebuilding of our field. Mr. Little
League and many other volunteers made our dream come true.
The biggest help came from the James Ira
Mulligan Trust Fund. James Mulligan played semi-pro baseball for the
Patters here at our senior Field. It was once known as the best
playing field in Northern California. James Mulligan passed away in
the early 1990's leaving Lincoln Little League 9% of his estate worth
$30,400, with the stipulation that the principal be used for a
structure that would last at least 20 years.
Mr. Little League was a marine from World War
II. He coached for many years, was an all-star coach, umpired
countless baseball games and had held many different board positions.
He was active in serving his community and held a position on the city
council, doing his best to ensure that the youth of Lincoln were kept
in mind. Mr. Little League's name is Larry Costa, and in 1994 he was
the Grand Marshall. That was also the year that Lincoln Little League
Re-dedicated the field that we play on to him.
There were many other volunteers that helped put
together Larry Costa Field, and Lincoln Little League thanks them all,
past, present, and future.