Fisher honored for 'legacy of caring and concern'

Cary Ashby • Jul 3, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Nearly 20 family members of the late Charlie Fisher gathered at the Lefty Grove All Star Sunday games, as the program honored him recently.

Fisher died April 16 unexpectedly after a brief illness. He was 73.

Scott Ford, commissioner of the Lefty Grove Baseball League, presented Fisher’s two sons, Larry and Mark, with plaques to commemorate the long-time dedication their father had to the program and its players.

“His support for this program covered many years. His compassion for the youth of our area enriched the lives of all who came in contact with him. His legacy of caring and concern for others is being honored today,” the plaque reads.

“Charlie goes back decades with the league,” said Ford, who while only having met Fisher a couple times, remembered him as a kind soul. “He raised good kids.”

One of Fisher’s biggest contributions to the Lefty Grove program was top soil. He owned and operated Topsoil King and Hillside Wood Heat for more than 40 years. Ford said it was common for Fisher to bring in eight to 10 loads of top soil, but only charge the league $100 when “it should have been thousands” of dollars.

“Charlie was one of the main guys” responsible for bringing in top soil — “the fine stuff you needed on top” for the outfields of the baseball diamonds built in 1987 and 1988 behind the VFW, Ford added. The commissioner also said that each time Fisher did something for the league, his consistent response was that he was doing it “for the kids.” 

Fisher, of Norwalk, graduated from St. Paul High School in 1963. He served as a U.S. Army drill sergeant during the Vietnam War. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and the St. Paul Alumni Association.

“He rarely missed a St. Paul athletic event,” Ford said.

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