SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Major renovations are scheduled to begin Monday at David Wells Field, the baseball stadium at Dana Middle School named after the former star major league pitcher.
The ballpark serves as the home field for nearby Point Loma High School, which Wells attended. He is now the Pointers' head baseball coach.
Wells, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego Unified School District Trustee Scott Barnett and others are scheduled to attend a ceremonial groundbreaking.
Wells and another ex-Yankee, 84-year-old former Point Loma High alum Don Larsen, share the unusual distinction of throwing two of the three perfect games at Yankee Stadium -- Larsen's coming in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the then-Brooklyn Dodgers. Wells' retired all 27 Minnesota Twins batters in a May 1998 game.
A three-time All-Star, Wells pitched in 660 major league games over his 21-year career, starting in 489 and fashioning a won-loss record of 239-157. Nicknamed "Boomer," he was 10-5 in post-season games.
When the $1.4 million project is completed, the synthetic turf field will be shared by the middle and high schools. The bullpens will be rebuilt and a new centerfield fence will be installed, according to the school district.
Also, a track will be put in around the field for use by physical education classes.
The work is scheduled to be completed in the fall.
Del Mar racing fans had a different reason to cheer on Saturday. This time it was for Martine Bellocq.
Deserts will dry out over the weekend, monsoonal moisture returning by Tuesday. Weekend temperatures slightly warmer as the high moves over the region, bringing in drier air. Beach conditions to improve Saturday. Water temperature slightly cooler than last week.
A man who fired a gun and threatened customers at a Fallbrook bar early Saturday morning was thwarted by patrons who tackled him and held him until law enforcement could arrive, a San Diego County sheriff's deputy said.
A man is suspected of crashing his car into a Skyline home and fleeing before being apprehended by police early Saturday morning.
The San Diego team in the Alliance of American football announced the signing of former San Diego State offensive tackle Terry Poole, a fourth-round choice by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL draft, and nine other players.
A San Diego man with a prior conviction for the same offense was sentenced in federal court to more than 3 1/2 years in prison for his admitted role in a human-smuggling attempt that seriously injured a U.S. Border Patrol officer.
San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer is free Friday night after posting $2 million bail. He is accused of groping and assaulting more than a dozen women while on duty.