Babe Ruth League President/CEO Steven Tellefsen said," Harry Lewin has been involved with our program for over 34 years. He is a very dedicated volunteer and plays a major role in the success the organization enjoys today. It is a proud moment to have a person of his caliber inducted into the Hall of Fame."
Harry Lewin was the single inductee to the Babe Ruth Hall of Fame in 1982. As the founder and financial supporter of Beckley Babe Ruth League in West Virginia, Lewin estimated he had supplied almost $40,000 dollars of his own money into the league. His dedication to youth baseball was above and beyond.
Unfortunately, poor health had kept Harry Lewin from regularly attending the baseball games that his fund-raising, and dedication, created. Yet, his efforts had not gone unrecognized. In 1950, Harry took on the ultimate project. He wanted to build a baseball field. Being the businessman that he was, he convinced the Koppers Coal company, in Pittsburgh, to let him obtain the land. With the help of local businesses, and the hard labor of county jail prisoners that Lewin would pick up for work release, Harry Lewin Field was created. This field is still presently the haven for American Legion teams, Beckley Industrial Leagues, Y.M.C.A. baseball clinics, and multiple other uses.
Lewin passed away in 1982 at the age of 77. Babe Ruth considered to have lost one of its most dedicated members.