OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Metro community members hoped a local baseball field could commemorate a local teen who was killed in a car crash. But the future of the field is still up in the air as the battle between the courts continues.
The battle on Davis Ballpark was fierce.
We first took you to the park early last year, when ownership of the park was first laid.
“It’s been a ballpark since 1969,” said Albert Neece, whose son grew up playing on the field. “It was built, donated to the community and it was always run by a board of directors.”
Albert is currently vice president of the local Optimism Club chapter.
The nonprofit has been in charge of the ballpark for decades. But a few years back, Optimist president Adam Davis put the park up for sale, while other Optimists said they were none the wiser.
Furthermore, the property was sold to an LLC owned by Adam Davis’ brother-in-law, Wallace Stark.
Stark acquired the field for just $3,000, then put it back on the market for $1.2 million.
In our original story, we talked to this couple on the phone. Wallace Stark did not wish to comment, advising News 4 to contact his attorney.
Adam Davis told KFOR that the purchase was made legally by the Optimists’ Club.
“I don’t sell it,” he notes. “The Optimism Club sold it.”
Both sides have been in court for several months now. But in 2022, a dismal start to the new year comes after a local baseball team rolled under the I-35 after winning a tournament in Florida.
The driver, 18-year-old Gabriel Williams, was killed.
David Neece, who was injured in the wreck and knows Gabriel well, said: “I’ve never lost someone so close to me, and you know, it’s hard. “I’ve played with him my whole life.”
The ballpark was in serious need of repair, but that was halted when the legal regulations went into effect.
If Davis Ballpark continues, Albert says a new name will be added.
“It will still be Davis Ballpark. But somewhere in there we will put a memorial, a Gabe Williams Memorial,” Albert said. “We wanted to put his name somewhere in the park in his memory.”
“It was amazing,” David added. “I’m glad we got the chance, and he deserves it.”
The local Optimism Club chapter introduced a new attorney in their case.
News 4 attempted to contact attorneys for both Adam Davis and Wallace Stark, but received no response.
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