Craig Avery earns permanent place at ballpark

Trumbull High School held a special ceremony honoring Craig Avery, who recently passed away from cancer, prior to its varsity baseball game with St. Joseph on Monday, May 5, at 6:45.

Trumbull High assistant baseball coach and family friend Tim Tvardzik scored a chair from Fenway Park, had a plaque put in place, and the chair now has a permanent place along the first base line, where Avery faithfully watched and helped mentor players he had coached and supported.

The pre-game dedication featured both Trumbull High and St. Joseph players and coaches surrounding Avery’s wife Toni, daughter-in-law Danielle and grand-daughter Emma Rose, as the chair was unveiled.

“He was Trumbull baseball’s best fan, and by Trumbull baseball I mean THS, St. Joseph, Legion, Babe Ruth and Little League, the entire town,” said Mike Herbst, Trumbull High athletic director.

“Craig was extremely generous by helping out every baseball program in town if they needed something. He had a hand in every program.

“When he came to THS, he would open his chair at the end of the bleachers to watch a game.”