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Why was Morenzone Field so named?
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Here’s the Manteca history question of the day: Why did the city years ago honor Fred Morenzone by naming the adult softball field on Center Street west of Union Road after him?

Katie Reed of the Manteca Parks and Recreation Department is trying to find out.

The city is planning a re-dedication ceremony April 6 to mark the completion of upgrades at the lighted baseball field so it can accommodate 13- to 15-year-old Little League baseball play.

Family members contacted by the city weren’t exactly sure of the reasons. 

The city has preserved the plaque and wants to acknowledge the man the field was named for years ago. If you can help, send information to

Improvements include fencing, scorekeeper’s booth, dugouts, bullpens, site furnishings, a 30-foot tall backstop, and a 50-foot protective netting to prevent baseballs from leaving the field. The netting will help reduce city liability.

There are new concrete walkways added and restroom upgrades to assure they meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

The infield was modified for 90-foot base lines and new bleachers installed.

The field will be used by the city’s three Little Leagues — Northgate, Spreckels, and Manteca