Sherman Field Park named after Sampson’s

Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the area around the historic Sherman Field ballpark will be named Sampson Park to honor a local family. And he invited the public to participate in the Sherman Field Forever fund-raising campaign for renovations at the facility. 

The park is being named for Morris “Sam” and Evelyn Sampson who founded Sampson Construction Company in Lincoln in 1952.  The naming recognizes a significant contribution from their son, the current President, John Sampson.  The company, which employs about 300 workers, is donating about $445,000 in labor and materials for renovation work at Sherman Field. John Sampson's ties to the Sherman Field include watching the Lincoln Chiefs as a boy, playing catcher for Gary's Sports Shop and Lincoln High School and sponsoring Lincoln High's American Legion team for many years.  

“This is one of the largest donations ever made to our City's Parks and Recreation programs,” said Mayor Beutler.  “We sincerely thank John and his family for helping to build Lincoln and for their generous contribution to the iconic Sherman Field.  This is a great example of how a hard working family built a very successful company and have now chosen to give back to make Lincoln an even greater place to live and play.” 

While the 64-year old field and grandstand were renovated in 1997, the original support facilities need replacement.  The renovation project includes two new dugouts, a new maintenance and training building, a restroom building, a ticket and concession building, a new concourse, energy efficient field lighting and a reorganized parking lot with ADA accessibility. The dugouts are finished and the rest of the renovation is expected to be completed by December.

The Lincoln Parks Foundation (LPF) is spearheading the $2.2 million fund-raising campaign. Lincoln natives Joba Chamberlain and Alex Gordon, both current Major League Baseball players, are Honorary Co-Chairs of the Sherman Field Forever Campaign.  The campaign cabinet includes  John Sampson, Leslie Gordon, Bill Fagler and Dick Clarence.