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Wells Field renovation project starts Monday

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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.

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