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Geneva Red Wings to host special ceremony naming field after John Salone

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The Geneva Red Wings are set to hold a special ceremony tonight to pay tribute to their late groundskeeper John Salone.

McDonough Park’s field will be named after Salone, with the unveiling of the “John Salone Field” sign taking place atop the scoreboard before the game between Geneva and Batavia.


Salone, a community figure and a 1974 De Sales High School graduate, passed away last August at the age of 66. His contributions to the community were numerous, serving as Lyons’ mayor from 1997-2001, director of Lyons Community Center, Geneva City Ward 6 Councilor, General Manager of Geneva Red Wings Baseball, and a dedicated member of the Sons of Italy.

He also owned Café Roma in Lyons and was part of the first catholic baseball team to clinch the Sectional Class B title in 1974.

Family members, as well as city officials, will participate in Thursday night’s ceremony, which commences at 6:30 p.m., to celebrate Salone’s life and legacy.