Play ball! Miracle Field opens in Payette

The new Harmon Killebrew Miracle Field in Payette hosted its first Miracle League game Thursday featuring 19 children with special needs.

The field is named after baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, a Payette native. Individuals, organizations and businesses donated more than $188,000 to build the field, which features a rubberized playing turf that is safe for children with disabilities and can accommodate walkers, wheelchairs and crutches.

“It is just wonderful to have the field here (in Payette). The whole town has been so nice to me that I feel as though it is my hometown. The only thing that would have been better today is if Harmon were here himself to call out “Play Ball!” said Nita Killebrew, Harmon Killebrew’s widow.

There are Miracle League organizations in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.