Ed Knebel was recognized for putting together a semi-pro baseball team, “Nu-Icy” after Nu-Grape and Nu-Icy franchises he owned. He then turned his attention to Austin’s kids, giving away baseballs and bats, sometimes on street corners. As a 7-Up distributor, he began sponsoring a team in every Little League and youth league in Austin, also supplying uniforms. He initiated the Babe Ruth League. He built Disch Field on the site of Palmer Auditorium for the new Class B Austin Pioneers.
Mr. Knebel has one of the first inductees in the Austin Hall of Fame, and was named a Most Worthy Citizen in 1959. The West Optimist Club names their field after him.