The 6th annual Tim Strain Memorial Wiffle Ball Tournament was held on Saturday at David Montgomery Field in Wissahickon.
The tournament is held each year to honor the memory of Tim Strain, who died suddenly in August 2009. Former Phillies start shortstop Larry Bowa graciously made an appearance to throw out the first ball at the field, formerly Daisy Field that was recently renamed to commemorate the legacy of Phillies Chairman David Montgomery, a man who was near and dear to Bowa's heart.
Montgomery actually had helped the fundraiser get started by donating some wiffle ball equipment.
The Strain family donates the proceeds of the event to local youth sports organizations, like the Wissahickon Braves, to help sponsor children who might not be able to afford to play sports. The Strain family also is starting a W.B. Saul Tim Strain Memorial Scholarship that will go towards the college expenses of a senior member of Saul's baseball or softball team who not only achieves high academic performance, but also exemplifies outstanding character and team work on the playing field.
The Strains have family ties to Saul, while Tim Strain played for the Razorbacks as a teen.