Baseball Field Dedicated in Honor of Phil Cannon '46

Friday, May 13, 2022
Phil ’46 and Dottie Cannon

Mercersburg Academy has officially announced that its varsity baseball field is 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 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.

“We are proud to recognize the generosity of Phil and Dottie Cannon,” said Board of Regents President Stacie Rice Lissette ’85, P ’14, ’14, ’17, ’23. “Phil often shared with friends and colleagues his love of and commitment to Mercersburg.”

The Cannons, who lived in Wilmington, DE, have passed away; Phil died in 2003 and Dottie in 2018.

“We are thankful to Phil and Dottie for an estate provision that will ultimately convey $1.35 million to our school,” said Lissette. “This has enhanced the athletic program and scholarships, among other areas. At Mercersburg, our community comes together to celebrate and acknowledge something as exceptional as this gift.”

According to Lissette, the dedication is also an opportunity to acknowledge the legacy of those who have been part of the school’s baseball history, including former coaches Brent Gift and Karl Reisner P ’94, ’97 and former director of athletics Ron Simar P ’86, ’90, ’91.

Board of Regents President Stacie Lissette '85 and Head of School Quentin McDowell

“This beautiful field is the gift of one generation to another,” Lissette added while also recognizing Emeriti Regents Bruce Eckert ’62 and Joe Imler ’72, along with Brian Bushwell ’85—among others—as those “who have woven their love of baseball” into their commitment and support of Mercersburg’s program.

Mercersburg’s tradition-rich baseball program won or shared eight consecutive Mid-Atlantic Prep League titles from 2011 through 2018.

A major renovation of the field, which is located next to the Goldthorpe Athletic Complex, was completed in 2005 in honor of Eckert 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.