Late Army major’s family celebrates dad’s birthday at Progressive Field
Many considered retired U.S. Army Major Ronald Bain to be a hero, one who saved lives in the disastrous 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Others knew Bain as former head of the Army recruiting office in Oklahoma. His family, however, celebrates his life as a diehard Cleveland Indians fan, who worked hard at his job and cheered tirelessly for the Tribe.
Bain, who worked in the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, was at work the day of the bombing. He survived the disaster with severe lung damage but later died on March 22, 2013.
Bain is survived by his wife, Laura, and his three children — Valerie, Allison and Stephen. His family, including his mother, Evelyn, and his sister, attended the Tribe game on Friday in celebration of what would have been his 55th birthday.
“My husband is probably the biggest Cleveland Indians fan I’ve ever known; he just loved the Indians,” Laura said. “We had planned to come to the game on his birthday, and I just said this is where I wanted to be on this day. I contacted his family members and just said, ‘Hey, this is where I’m going to be to feel close to Ron.’”
Laura, who is an Air Force veteran, showed up in her husband’s Indians shirt, and her children came wearing Bain’s old Indians baseball hats. The family drove in from Marengo, Ohio, and joined Bain’s mother and sister in seats behind home plate, where they had a great view of the Indians game versus Minnesota that night.
Laura said she has a feeling Bain is enjoying the Tribe’s run from an even better seat.
“I think [attending the game is] what he would have wanted,” she said. “He always got so excited about the Indians; he was always so hopeful that every year was going to be the year, and every game was going to be the game. His heart was in it all the time. It doesn’t seem like we should sit and be sad on his birthday; it seems like we should be at one of his favorite places doing one of his favorite things — rooting for the Indians.
“I’d like to think that he can see the game, and he’s going to be so pleased that they get [to the postseason] this year.”
–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden