The new Tim Moellering Field at MLK Jr. Way and Derby. Photo: Ted Friedman

A double header and a football scrimmage were cancelled by unseasonable rain on Saturday September 21, but that didn’t stop more than 250 people gathering at the new expanse of green at MLK Jr. Way and Derby in Berkeley to witness the dedication of the new Tim Moellering Field.

Moellering was the much-loved Berkeley High teacher and coach who died in 2011. Construction on the field began more than a year ago. The field is designed principally for use by the athletics programs at Berkeley High and Berkeley Tech.

Once the heavens had opened, the crowd moved inside to the BTECH auditorium next door.

Workers get the field and surrounding area ready for Saturday’s dedication ceremony. Photo: Ted Friedman
Workers get the field and surrounding area ready for Saturday’s dedication ceremony. Photo: Ted Friedman

There, friends remembered Moellering’s dedication to his students, many of whom were in attendance. Mayor Bates addressed the group and read a proclamation, and the gathering ended with a rousing singalong of  “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” followed by chargrilled hot dogs and hamburgers.

According to Grier Wiggins, who was in attendance, Moellering had been advocating for a Berkeley High baseball field since 1992. “Tim’s dedication to young men led to his becoming a surrogate father,” he said. “Everyone here was Tim’s family.”

Unseasonable rain prevented the ceremony from taking place outside. Photo: Ted Friedman
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates addressed a crowd of more than 250 people. Photo: Ted Friedman
A warning sign at the newly dedicated Tim Moellering Field. Photo: Emily Cohen

Watch the entire ceremony on two videos produced by BUSD’s Mark Coplan, below:

 Ted Friedman contributed reporting to this story.

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