“He hung on to you, that’s what he did. I hope the angels in heaven were prepared for all the hugs he gave them,” said Tim Hoskinson, father of Harry.
Harry Hoskinson was only 12 when he passed away in 2013 but Harry will continue to carry on the rich tradition of playing for Western Little League. It’s a growing list of former and current players that includes future stars like Sean Elliott and Edgar Soto.
Harry was a catcher by trade, and he pretty much controlled the fields at Joaquin Murrieta Park and “Field 7” will forever be known as “Harry’s Field” thanks to a dedication ceremony and celebration held at the park on Saturday. The City of Tucson, District 5 Little League, Western Little League and Harry’s family were all on hand to officially recognize Harry.
In addition, Western Little League is in the process of gathering funds to put up a functioning scoreboard on “Harry’s Field.” The Tucson Conquistadors, through Eric Rustand, have picked up half the cost in another of a series of generous gifts but the community still needs to come up with the remaining funds needed. With installation included, Harry’s Field still needs around $10,000 to reach the ultimate goal.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com