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New baseball field to honor generosity of Rich Booth ’82

Richard L. “Rich” Booth ’82

Read the full article by Tom Fleischman in the Cornell Chronicle.

Cornell’s new baseball stadium, at the corner of Ellis Hollow and Game Farm roads, will be called Booth Field, honoring Richard L. “Rich” Booth ’82 for his extraordinary leadership and generosity – much of it anonymous – over the last four decades.

The Cornell Board of Trustees approved the naming of the new field earlier this year. Hoy Field, where Cornell’s baseball team has played for 100 years, at the corner of Hoy and Campus roads, is being replaced by a state-of-the-art academic building for the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science. Booth Field is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2023 season.

“Booth Field will be a terrific new home for Cornell baseball, and I’m delighted that Rich has agreed to let us honor him in this way,” President Martha E. Pollack said. “His leadership and quiet generosity over so many years have had an enormous impact on Cornell athletics, and on the generations of students whose Cornell experiences have been shaped and enriched through the Big Red.”

Booth – a pitcher during his playing days, who also endowed Cornell’s head baseball coaching position in memory of his coach, Ted Thoren – served on the Board of Trustees from 2008-16. As a trustee, he led a task force on athletics and financial aid and served on several board committees.