‘Bum’s Field’ to be dedicated in Republic on Saturday

REPUBLIC – The Republic Little League will dedicate its baseball field on Saturday afternoon to a lifelong Republic-area resident and former Republic Township clerk who was best known for his involvement in sports as a participant, coach and supporter.

“Bum’s Field” will be named for the late Clarence “Bum” Isaacson, who died in January 2004 at age 77.

The ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. at the field in South Republic located not far from highway M-95. The turnoff for the road to the field is at the Marquette County Road Commission building along the highway.

A game will begin at noon involving the Republic Little League’s two teams, which are sponsored by the fire department and first responders. After the official dedication ceremony, Republic LL alumni are invited to play in a fun game at the field

“We’ve had a number of people who worked on getting the field in good shape again,” said Republic Township treasurer Tina Koski. “They redid the infield, put a new roof on the clubhouse building, had a plaque made and a sign for the field that will read ‘Bum’s Field.'”

Isaacson helped establish the field in 1971, and it has had several uses over the years, but almost exclusively for Little League teams of boys and girls ages 8-13 during the past five to eight years, according to Koski.

Republic teams regularly play against teams from west of Ishpeming, mostly around Clarksburg.

Isaacson, who served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, played softball, basketball and was a top-notch bowler right up until his death. A number of his children and grandchildren are expected to attend Saturday’s dedication.

Steve Brownlee can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 246.