The current Board of Directors for Babe Ruth Baseball claims the end of a league that has been in operation for six decades is near if advertising is taken away altogether.

According to a Facebook post that appeared the evening of Monday, Jan. 13, the league addressed the issue of “community advertising signs.”

The post read in part: “At issue is the notice that was given Thursday, January 9th that requires all community advertising signs to be permanently removed from the high school baseball outfield fence by January 31, 2020.”

It asked all Wharton youth baseball fans to attend a Wharton Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and speak during the public comments portion.

The Wharton Journal-Spectator asked Wharton ISD Superintendent Tina Herrington if she could comment about this matter ahead of the meeting.

She said the Wharton ISD administration has reached out to the Babe Ruth president. Herrington said a meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday evening, Jan. 15 with the Babe Ruth organization and “we hope to bring this issue to an acceptable resolution.”

“The Wharton ISD has supported Babe Ruth through our partnership for over 50 years and we look forward to continuing our partnership and bringing a resolution to some misunderstandings quickly,” she said.

Those with Babe Ruth did publicly ask residents to show their support for baseball in Wharton in its Facebook post.

“As you know, this is the major fundraiser to keep our registration fees low so the kids can afford to play baseball locally. If this major funding goes away, then 62 years of Wharton Babe Ruth Baseball for ages 13 thru 18 will most likely be a thing of the past and 75-125 kids will lose a summer baseball program that is in their backyard,” the Wharton Babe Ruth Facebook post read. “We have also been told that after 62 years, Wharton Babe Ruth will no longer run the concession stand for the WHS games and any playoff games played at Tiger Park. This too helps fund expenses and field improvements at Tiger Park.”

According to Wharton Babe Ruth Baseball officials, this was not on the meeting agenda

“…but it is believed comments can be made during the public comment period during this special meeting. We welcome letters in support of the Babe Ruth Baseball program addressed to the Wharton school board. This is a very fluid item and we hope this can be resolved prior to the board meeting.”

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