Abramsons make surprise visit to namesake field

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Carol Abramson, seated, visited Lakeridge’s Abramson Field which was named after her son Andrew who died in a plane crash in Vietnam. She was joined by her daughter and son-in-law Peggy and Gary Thompson and two friends.

Lakeridge coach Colin Griffin received a terrific surprise at this year's Firecracker Tournament.

During the competition, one of the team moms approached him and informed him that members of the Abramson family were sitting in the stands, the namesake of Lakeridge's baseball field.

Abramson Field was named after Andrew Abramson, a Lake Oswego graduate who died in a plane crash in Vietnam in 1969.

His family hadn't visited Lakeridge in years.

"They told me they saw the tournament was going on and figured it was time to come home," Griffin said.

Andrew Abramson's mother Carol and his sister Peggy, brother-in-law Gary and two friends attended a pair of games.

When Griffin found out they were in attendance, a special tent was set up for them and they were recognized briefly on the field.

"It was just an incredible moment. I've always appreciated the name on our field and the history," Griffin said.

Since taking over the program, Griffin has made a concerted effort to keep the grass field pristine and renovated the dugouts.

"We had wanted to get the family out last year to rededicate it but it just never worked out so this was amazing," Griffin said.