IN YOUR CORNER: Community seeks to commemorate teenager as legal battle looms

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Members of the metropolitan community are hoping a local baseball field can commemorate a local teenager who was killed in a car crash. But the estate’s future remains uncertain as a legal battle continues.

The battle for Davis Ballpark rages on.

We first took you to the park early last year when ownership of the park was first questioned.

“It’s been a ballpark since 1969,” said Albert Neece, whose son grew up playing in the field. “It was built, donated to the community and it has always been run by a council.”

Davis Baseball Stadium

Albert is the current Vice-President of the Local Optimist Club.

The non-profit organization has been in charge of the ballpark for decades. But a few years ago, Optimist President Adam Davis put the park up for sale, while other Optimist Members say they had no better idea.

Additionally, the property was sold to an LLC owned by Adam Davis’ brother-in-law, Wallace Stark.

Stark bought the field for just $3,000, then later put it back on the market for $1.2 million.

In our initial story, we spoke with the pair on the phone. Wallace Stark declined to comment, advising News 4 to contact his attorney.

Adam Davis told KFOR that the sale was made legitimately by the Optimist Club.

“I didn’t sell it,” he noted. “The Optimist Club sold him.

Both sides have been in court for months. But 2022 brought a grim start to the new year after a local baseball team rolled their van down I-35 after winning a tournament in Florida.

The driver, Gabriel Williams, 18, was killed.

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Gabriel Williams

“I’ve never lost someone so close and, you know, it’s hard,” said David Neece, who was injured in the sinking and knew Gabriel well. “I played with him growing up all my life.”

The ballpark is in serious need of repairs, but that has been put on hold as the legalities unfold.

If Davis Ballpark holds up, Albert says a new name will be added.

“It would still be Davis Ballpark. But somewhere in there we would put a memorial, a Gabe Williams memorial,” Albert said. “We want to implement his name somewhere in the park for his memory.”

“It’s great,” added David. “I’m glad we got the opportunity, and he deserves it.”

The local Optimist Club has hired a new lawyer on their case.

News 4 reached out to attorneys for Adam Davis and Wallace Stark, but got no response.

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