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Joranko Field, Spring 2000

US Census Block # 34-201

Joranko Field is home for Albion’s women’s softball team. After improvementof the field, bleachers, fences, and press box, the facility was dedicatedSpring 2000. The field is bordered by the Kalamazoo River to the south, andother athletic fields to the north.

Source: Isaac Kremer, 2001.

From the Albion College Archives

Dempsey & Joranko Fields
(Previously Alumni Field or A-Field)

Entrance to Alumni Field, from the Albion College Archives Postcard Collection

During the 1999-2000 school year, Alumni Field was renovated in order to serve as a better practice and game facility. As a final step, A-Field was renamed Dempsey Field, in honor of Albion alumni and members of the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame, June and Cedric Dempsey. The Dempseys were primary donors to the project, along with Barbara Hill Meyer, ’50, also a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame and longtime contributor to Albion College.

Joranko Field, from the Sports Communication website

The Northeast Corner of A-Field, the home of Albion baseball, was renamed Frank Joranko Field in 1995, in honor of retiring baseball coach and Briton alum, Frank Joranko, ’52. Already known as having the best natural drainage system of any collegiate baseball field in Michigan, the changes to Joranko Field help make the home of Briton Baseball one of the best college fields for fan and player alike, regardless of division, in the state.

In 1996, the bricks to the entrance of A-Field were changed to include those with names of 1960s alumni donors on them. For any contribution of $500 or more, payable over a period of five years, bricks were inscribed with the name of the donor or of an individual the donor wished to honor.

All photographs are from the Albion College Photograph Files, unless otherwise noted.


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Source: Albion College Archives, 2003 [Downloaded July 3, 2003]

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