The Moose Jaw Senior Ladies’ Fastball League held an extra special season opener on Tuesday night.
The renaming of the Caribou Heights Park, home of the Senior Ladies’ Fastball League, to Eddy Moore Park was unveiled.
“Two of the teams usually come out on opening day, but we wanted to make sure that it was extra special with the park renaming and we invited both past teams, minor teams and our existing four ladies' teams to join us on the field as we did a dedication to him,” said senior ladies’ fastball president Erin Tribier.
New signage was unveiled at the ball diamonds in tribute to the long-time supporter of ladies’ softball in the city. Throwing out the first pitch to start off the season was Moore’s daughter Joelle.
Tribier said Moore was a long-time coach and mentor for the ladies and continued to be an influence even after his daughter was no longer playing fastball. Moore had been involved with ladies' fastball for over 30 years.
“He continued to be a coach long after Joelle was done playing ball as well, so his background in the sport of fastball, he is Mr. Fastball,” she said.
When it came to building the ball diamonds at Caribou Heights, Moore played an influential role in making sure it happened.
“A group of ladies, including my mom actually, decided to rent land from the city and build the diamonds up at Caribou Heights. Eddy was a big, influential part of that, helping the ladies build something that they could be proud of,” Tribier said.
Even after the diamonds were built, Tribier said Moore could regularly be seen maintaining the diamonds.
On April 20, 2022, Moore passed away at the age of 75.
Photos courtesy of Erin Tribier