Baseball Field to be Named for Phil Cannon ’46

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Phil ’46 and Dottie Cannon

Mercersburg Academy is announcing that its varsity baseball field will be named Cannon Field in honor of Philip H. Cannon Jr. ’46, a graduate of the school who was a member of the baseball team as a student. The new name recognizes the generosity of Cannon and his wife, Dorothy, and the estate commitment they made to Mercersburg.
Cannon received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War; after completing training at the Navy Electronics School, he worked on radar and sonar systems aboard Navy ships. Following his military service, Cannon held positions in project management and systems sales for Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He retired in 2000.
The Cannons lived in Wilmington, DE. Phil Cannon died in 2003 and Dottie Cannon passed away in 2018.
“Mercersburg Academy is especially honored by the generosity of the Cannon family,” says Bill Kissick, the school’s chief advancement officer. “Estate gifts are a significant and time-honored way to support institutions that are meaningful in one’s life, and we are most grateful to the Cannons for this gift that will have a lasting impact on our school community.”
Mercersburg’s tradition-rich baseball program won or shared eight consecutive Mid-Atlantic Prep League titles from 2011 through 2018, and the 2021 squad compiled a 10–1 record.
A major renovation of the field, which is located next to the Goldthorpe Athletic Complex, was completed in 2005 in honor of Bruce Eckert ’62 (an emeritus member of the school’s Board of Regents) through the generosity of his friends.

For more information on this story, please contact Lee Owen ( in Mercersburg’s Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications.