The Ocean View High baseball diamond, which has seen plenty of impressive performances throughout the years and is home to three CIF championship teams, is now Gibbs Field.
Saturday was a day of celebration for the Ocean View baseball program and a surprise for one of its longtime assistant coaches, hitting coach Bob Gibbs, whose name now blazons across the scoreboard in right field. The school dedicated the field to Gibbs prior to the start of Saturday's game against Troy in the second round of the Newport Elks Tournament.
The pregame ceremony drew numerous alumni players, school administrators and Huntington Beach Mayor Joe Carchio. Ocean View Athletic Director Tim Walsh addressed the crowd before the game.
"I was very honored to be a part of last Saturday's ceremony," Walsh said. "Bob Gibbs has given so much time and energy to Ocean View baseball and the local community and he is very deserving of this honor. I was fortunate enough to be coached by Bob when I played at Ocean View in the early '90s. As a player, I was truly appreciative of the time he spent with me and my teammates. He took an incredible amount of time with each player and worked diligently to break down and improve each swing.