John Cole Obituary, Death – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of John Cole, a beloved figure at Chukchansi Park and a symbol of unwavering dedication to the Fresno Grizzlies. John’s presence in the ballpark has been an enduring one, and his absence will be deeply felt. For the past five seasons, John Cole has been a familiar face at Chukchansi Park, bravely enduring the scorching Central Valley heat to keep the manual scoreboard running during Fresno Grizzlies games.
In an era dominated by state-of-the-art digital scoreboards, the Grizzlies chose to preserve a piece of tradition by maintaining a manual scoreboard in right field. John was the heart and soul of this charming relic. Just last month, Action News had the privilege of spending time with John at the scoreboard, shedding light on his remarkable passion for this unique role. His dedication was evident to anyone who crossed his path, and his commitment to ensuring the scoreboard was accurate and updated was unwavering.
In a previous interview, Abbie Lawson, the Grizzlies’ Director of Operations, aptly described John’s dedication. “He is so passionate and dedicated with what he does,” she said. “I don’t know if I could pay someone more to sit out in the heat in the direct sun like he does.” John’s love for the game and his role within it shone brightly, even under the relentless Valley sun. To honor John Cole’s memory, the Fresno Grizzlies plan to create a banner that will undoubtedly hold a special place in the hearts of fans and staff alike. It will serve as a lasting tribute to a man who brought character and tradition to every game.
As we remember John Cole and the countless hours he dedicated to the Fresno Grizzlies, we recognize that his legacy lives on in the hearts of all those who had the privilege of knowing him. His passion for baseball and his unwavering commitment to preserving tradition will forever be etched into the story of Chukchansi Park. Rest in peace, John, and thank you for your invaluable contributions to our beloved pastime.