Brighton legend Dumond “Duke” White will be memorialized March 25 with the unveiling of a plaque at Duke White Field. The Brighton High School baseball field was named in his honor in 1968 – one of many accomplishments noted on the plaque that will be unveiled during the ceremony that begins at 10:15 a.m.
Members of White’s family plan to attend at the ceremony. The plaque will be placed by the Brighton Historic Preservation Commission. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
The field has long included a plaque that notes is it named “Duke White Field.” The new plaque lists many highlights of his baseball career, his life in Brighton and his service to the Brighton community. Among the highlights, he:
• Was the first black umpire in Colorado;
• Umpired for 26 years – for semipro, amateur, collegiate and softball leagues;
• Worked for Kuner Pickle Co., and played for the Kuner team;
• Played for the Salt Lake Occidentals;
• Named Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year in 1974 by the Brighton City Council.
The 10:15 a.m. ceremony will precede the Brighton High School Bulldogs baseball team home opener against Monarch High School at 11.
To learn more, contact Allison Lockwood at 303-669-2044.