The York Revolution has announced that the team will honor Louis Appell by placing memorial patches on team uniforms for the remainder of the 2016 season.
Appell, who died Monday, helped bring professional baseball to downtown York. He later became a significant financial contributor to the completion of the team’s ballpark.
“Louis was the city’s greatest champion and a key driver in countless revitalization efforts in our area,” said York Revolution President Eric Menzer. “But most important to us at the Revolution, he was one of the biggest reasons the ballpark in which we play was built more than 10 years ago. Louis so firmly believed in bringing the dream of the York Revolution to fruition that he contributed millions of dollars to make it happen.”
The memorial patch, based on a plaque outside the main gates of PeoplesBank Park that honors Appell’s support, bears his initials as well as white roses and the York City seal. It will appear on Revolution uniforms when the team plays its first second-half home game on July 15.
Appell, who helped break ground for the ballpark’s construction in September 2006, and his wife Jody were regulars at Revolution games. The team honored the business giant and philanthropist before last night’s start of its latest homestand.
“Our team had no bigger fan than the man who helped bring it to town, and the man has few bigger fans than all of us at the Revolution who, like so many others, benefitted from his leadership, his passion, and his enormous heart,” Menzer said. “He embodied York, and he embodied the type of leadership and contribution we try to bring to the York community. We will be fortunate if we can bring even a fraction of his wisdom and leadership to bear on the York community.”