In the form of a tweet late Thursday night, the Pennsbury baseball team was proud to announce that their baseball diamond will be renamed to “Coach Victor Napolitano Field”.
The name change is effective for the upcoming 2019 baseball season and comes after former Coach Victor Napolitano passed away in 2012. Napolitano, a native of Trenton, coached Pennsbury Varsity Baseball for 29 years, getting a total of 403 wins during his time there. He also won 13 league titles, three District One Championships, and one PIAA Final Four appearance.
The field was not previously named, but current head coach, Joe Pesci has been working on dedicating the field to Napolitano since his passing in 2012. Pesci has been petitioning and working to get Napolitano honored. Pesci got a petition started that had over 1,000 signatures, and from 2015-2017, he met with many administrators to get this approved. With the help of Pennsbury Athletic Director, Lou Sudholz, and Jack Massielo, grandfather of current Senior shortstop Justin Massielo, they got the ball rolling. The decision to get this approved was supported by Superintendent Bill Gretzula, and Board Member Christian Schwartz, and after many meetings, it was finally approved on Thursday night. The team will be dedicating it to him on their first Saturday home game on April 6, 2019.
Napolitano grew up in Trenton, attended Trenton High School where he played soccer, basketball and baseball. This led to him playing in college, attending Temple University. At Temple he played all three of his sports. He was the goalie of the 1951 National Championship soccer team, and the captain of the Temple baseball team in 1952.
He then went on to play baseball in Canada and minor league ball in the US, for the St. Louis Cardinals organization where he played for three years.
In 2001, he was put into Pennsbury’s Athletic Hall of Fame, 2009 he was put into Temple University’s Hall of Fame and in 2010 he was honored by the Bucks County Sports Hall of Fame.
Napolitano spent a total of 36 years at Pennsbury under multiple roles. He was also a health and physical education teacher, and junior varsity coach for both basketball and soccer.