Heroes get remembered, but legends never die, and Marc Katz’s memory will live on forever in Cunningham Park.
Councilmen Rory Lancman and Mark Weprin joined the Parks Department in dedicating a baseball field in Cunningham Park on Sunday to the memory of Katz, the late founder of the Jewish Community Little League.
Katz served as the president of the Jewish Community Little League from its founding in 1988 until his death in 2014. He had previously served as the president of the Young Israel of Hillcrest synagogue and as a member of the Community Board 8.
Lancman emphasized the enormity of Katz’s service in the community.
“Marc Katz was a pillar of our community,” Lancman said. “I cannot think of a better way to honor his memory than to dedicate a plaque at the field where he spent countless hours with our children.”
The Jewish Community League was founded so that Orthodox Jewish children and Sabbath observers could have an opportunity to play baseball in an organized league. These children may not be able to participate in many other youth baseball leagues as they typically would have some games on Saturday, the Jewish sabbath.
Weprin highlighted the impact Katz had on the lives of local children.
“This is a great tribute to the Katz family and the work Marc Katz did for all of us, all the kids, to make sure they had a place to play baseball,” said Weprin.