Kenny MacDougall

Kenny MacDougall, known as "Mr. Baseball" passed away Saturday at 83. (Submitted)

A man known as "Mr. Baseball" in Argyle Shore, P.E.I. passed away Saturday, but his son says his legacy will live on.

For four decades, Kenny MacDougall maintained two baseball diamonds in his back field for teams wanting to play ball.

He didn't charge for use of the fields and would spend hours watching the games.

His son Darren said his dad loved being able to provide a place where children in rural P.E.I. could play organized ball.

“I don't even want to say it was for the love of the sport as much as it was for the love of seeing these young kids play ball,” said Darren.

He said his dad would watch every game and drag the field between games.

“He just enjoyed it so much. If he had money in his pocket to put into the ball field, he surely spent it. You know he wanted to see it being used. And that was his enjoyment. That was his pay.”

Darren said his father loved throwing around a ball with him as a kid and in recent years, with his three grandsons.

He said he will try to maintain the fields in memory of his dad. 

Kenny MacDougall died Saturday at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He was 83.