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Sept. 1, 2013

Scrap Iron Pioneer Phil Field Dies


Phil Field, a well-known softball player and coach throughout Senior Softball USA, died on Aug. 11 at the age of 76.

Field had an exciting life after college where he joined the Air Force and became a pilot who even helped with the development of the 777 airliner.

After his retirement he knew that softball was one of his favorite things to do and made it a priority. Along with several of his friends, he helped create a senior organization called Scrap Iron Softball Club out of Colorado in 2002.

He has played a huge role in the growth of the club from doing the paperwork to having fun at the tournaments. The club now has 15 teams and both plays locally as well as around the United States.

Even after he was diagnosed with cancer, he fought the disease for five years and still managed to help coach and attend tournaments.

He also enjoyed 15 years as an usher for the Colorado Rockies games.

He is survived by his wife Chris, son Craig, daughter Karin Schmitz, sister Virginia Cable, as well as four grandchildren Caitlin, Camille, Nathan, and Elizabeth.
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