RIDDLE FIELD

Riddle field has been the home of Laguna Beach Little League since 1962, when the field was constructed in boat Canyon by city funds and volunteer help. The original league field before 1962 was at the high school on the site of the current varsity field. In 1962, the school district rebuilt and realigned the playing fields, eliminating the Little League facility. In the scramble to find playing sites, the Irvine Company provided a temporary field near the Festival of Arts grounds for the National League (El Morro) teams. Then Laguna Mayor Jesse Riddle spearheaded the drive to develop the Boat Canyon facility for the American (Aliso School) league teams.  The new facility became the home of all eight major Little League teams in 1964, lights were added the same year and the current fence height was installed for the 1974 season

The field was dedicated in Mayor Riddle’s honor as a part of the 1963 opening ceremonies. Jesse Riddle, a native of Iowa, was a fixture at Laguna Beach Little League games until he “retired” at age 96. Always an ardent supporter of the program, Riddle passed away in 1982 at the age of 100.

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