The softball field at the Limerick Township Sports Park, located in Linfield, was recently renamed for Thomas K. Schadt, longtime player, coach, administrator and sponsor, last weekend.
Schadt was also inducted into the Pennsylvania Softball Hall of Fame in March of this year.
It came as a surprise to Schadt.
His wife, Faye, had insisted that she and Tom attend a birthday party for one of the softball players in the league. Schadt was totally unaware of the ensuring ceremony and was shocked when he found out that there were more than 100 people attending this birthday party and that it was he who was being honored.
The ceremonies took place under the pavilion of the Limerick Township Sports Park. More than 100 of Schadt’s teammates were present, including the president of the league, other league officials, Pennsylvania state softball officials and all of the members of the Limerick Township Board of Supervisors, who had to give final approval for the naming of the field.
Schadt was presented with framed photos, a sign on the fence that reads “Tom Schadt Field” and an embossed home plate showing a narrative of his contributions.
Thomas K. Schadt Field - This field is dedicated to Thomas K. “Tom” Schadt for his commitment to the game of softball and the fields at Linfield Sports Park. Schadt has been a softball team sponsor for 45 consecutive years from 1969-2013.
In additon to his roles as a sponsor and administrator, Schadt has played slow-pitch softball for 47 consecutive seasons. Through his role in the Spring-Ford AA teams, Schadt has touched the lives of hundreds of players and has been a part of countless games played during the past years.
This plaque will be attached to the fence next to “Tom Schadt Field.”
Both Schadt and his wife are retired mathematics teachers from the Phoenixville Area School District.