HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – There was a fitting tribute today for 76-year-old Rubin Urbina of Holyoke.
During the past forty years, Urbina created Hispanic softball leagues for players of all ages. There were tears in Urbina’s eyes as his name became a permanent fixture at McNally Field on Suffolk Street Saturday. Holyoke’s park commissioners dedicated a softball diamond in his name, a gesture that means a lot to Urbina. He told 22News, “This is a great honor for me and my family in recognition of my life and I’m very happy for the Latino community”
Gloria Urbina, his daughter, said, “The plaque is the first of its kind in Holyoke, in English and Spanish. In honor of all in the community who love sports and the beauty of sports, it brings people together.”
Rubin Urbina has affected many lives during the 50 years since he came to Holyoke after serving in the army. The park commission wasn’t about to get his contributions to Holyoke Latino sports go unrewarded.
Holyoke Park Commissioner Jerry Murphy said, “It’s a chance for us to honor somebody who’s committed to making this a better community providing recreational opportunities for young and old alike.”
They let the games begin on a softball field that now, and for the future, will be known as Rubin Urbina Field.