Kenny Magner has been on the groundskeeping crew at Harbor Park since the 1970's. After missing only one game in his long tenure, he is retiring from the job.
Norfolk Tides head groundskeeper Kenny Magner pulls a tarp over the field during a rain delay on June 1, 2023. Magner will retire after over 40 years on the grounds crew. In 1978 the Tidewater Tides hired Kenny Magner, making him the youngest head groundskeeper in the International League at the time.
Rain clogs Magner's glasses as it falls over Harbor Park during a rain delay on June 1, 2023. "This wasn't on the forecast," Magner proclaimed as he scrambled his crew to put a tarp over the field.
Kenny Magner paints the third base foul line near the outfield wall at Harbor Park on June 14, 2023.
Kenny Magner talks with Norfolk Tides mascots Riptide and Triton before the start of a game on June 14, 2023. Magner worked over 3,000 games at the current home of the Tides, including a stretch in which he went 23 years without missing a game. The game he missed was for his daughters graduation.
Kenny Magner promises Sam Barkan, center, that he will be able to sing the national anthem before a game at the end of the season while chatting in the grounds crew area at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia on June 14, 2023.
Kenny Magner combs the infield dirt at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia on June 1, 2023.
A cartoon depiction of Norfolk Tides head groundskeeper Kenny Magner appears on the Jumbotron to inform fans of procedures before the start of the game at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia on June 1, 2023. "They even got my hunting hat on there," Magner said. "Isn't that great?"
Kenny Magner stands at the outfield gate to the groundskeeper area to watch as the Norfolk Tides take batting practice at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia on June 14, 2023. Magner will retire after 46 years on the grounds crew.
Kenny Manger hugs Norfolk manager Buck Britton after the Norfolk Tides defeated the Durham Bulls 7-0 in game three of the International League Championship series on Sept. 28, 2023, at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia. The win is the first league championship win for Norfolk since 1985.
Kenny Magner waits in his office during a game at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia on June 14, 2023.