Portland has a rich baseball history, and Bud Plant Memorial Field is a cherished part of our past. Bud Plant Memorial Field hosted the 1948 George Kell All Stars and the Detroit Tigers Barn Storming teams in 1954 & 1955 and many tournaments and area championship games. Kirk Gibson of the 1984 Detroit Tiger World Championship Team hit his first walk-off home run at Bud Plant Field as an American Legion player.
At the time of its re-dedication (1974), at its current location on Bogue Flats, Bud Plant Field was touted as one of the best lighted ball fields in the State of Michigan, second only to Tiger Stadium!
The Portland Area Historical Society (PAHS) has preserved a part of that tradition by offering a COMMEMORATIVE BALL POINT PEN, beautifully turned from a piece of its once towering light poles, by local wood working artist Lyle Morton. The pens will be available ($30.00) at the PAHS Sesquicentennial Museum, located in the Red Mill, during Saturday museum hours, Portland Community Days on Aug. 24, and during the Sesquicentennial Celebration to be held September 20, 21 and 22. The upcoming Vintage Baseball Game will be played on Bud Plant Field on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 PM. THE PEN SUPPLY IS LIMITED!