Iconic baseball replaced at Vivion Field

Wayne Engelbrecht, a longtime friend of the Ernest Vivion family and great baseball supporter, broke out into spontaneous song, singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” Thursday morning at Washington Park. He was at Vivion Field for an informal ceremony to replace the oversized baseball at the park’s entrance.

Wayne Engelbrecht, a longtime friend of the Ernest Vivion family and great baseball supporter, broke out into spontaneous song, singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” Thursday morning at Washington Park. He was at Vivion Field for an informal ceremony to replace the oversized baseball at the park’s entrance. Photo by Julie Smith.

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Paul Beck, a park planner from Jefferson City Parks and Recreation, unveils the new oversized baseball Thursday morning. The original ball was vandalized last year.

A staple of Vivion Field since 1963, the large, iconic baseball has been replaced after it was vandalized last year.

Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department staff worked to place the new baseball at its spot atop the pole Tuesday, with members of the Vivion family cheering as the ball was placed. The 15-foot-pole also has been moved to a more prominent spot at the entrance to the field.

Paul Beck, park planner with the Parks and Recreation Department, said parks staff were working on the roof of the pavilion last year and three days later someone had vandalized the ball, originally commissioned by Ernie Vivion in 1963.

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