Bob Cerv Memorial Event Planned for Saturday in Weston

Published: Jul. 14, 2017 at 11:32 AM CDT
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After nearly two years of planning, a tribute to Bob Cerv will be held this weekend in Weston, Nebraska.

Bob passed away in April, but those who live in his hometown of Weston have plans to make his legacy live on.

Organizers of an event planned for Saturday have created a monument in Bob’s memory.

The public is invited to attend the unveiling of the monument at the Weston Ballpark beginning at 2:00 p.m.

“History seems to disappear,” said Curtis Havelka. “This way, we have something permanent to recognize somebody in our community who did something very special.”

Bob was a stand-out athlete at the University of Nebraska. He later moved on to the major leagues and played on teams like the New York Yankees, Kansas City Athletics and Los Angeles Angels.

“I think Bob embodies all the things that Nebraskans hold dear,” said Curtis Havelka, who helped organize the event. “He worked hard to get to where he got. There were things that got in his way, but he didn’t let anything stop him.”

Those who attend the event can also view several pieces of baseball memorabilia.

Some of those items include a 1956 autographed Championship World Series bat, several autographed baseballs and countless photographs.

Special guests will also be there—including Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and John Jentz, the Nebraska Athletics Senior Associate Athletic Director.

Havelka said the event will also be a great opportunity for Nebraska families to teach their children a valuable lesson.

“He came from a small town, and the whole story can encourage our future generations to live their dreams,” said Havelka. “Get out there and do it. If you can dream it, you can do it!”