Loved ones of murdered Melbourne baseballer Chris Lane will watch a tribute game in his honour on Sunday at the field where his sporting dreams began.

Mr Lane's family, his girlfriend Sarah Harper and members of the tightknit baseball community will attend the Essendon Baseball Club match in Melbourne's north, where organisers are planning for a 2000-strong crowd.

Players will wear black armbands, observe a minute's silence, the Australian national anthem will ring out and balloons will be released at the game against Melbourne University at 2pm (AEST).

The 22-year-old was shot in the back last Friday in Duncan, Oklahoma, and left to die on the side of a road.

Two teenage boys have been arrested and charged with his murder while a third teenager has been charged with being an accessary to murder.

Mr Lane, who grew up in north Melbourne's Oak Park, played for the Essendon Baseball Club for 13 years before getting a US scholarship.

Most at the club knew Mr Lane personally, club president Tony Cornish says, so learning he was the victim of a random drive-by shooting in Oklahoma has been difficult to digest.

"Chris came back and played for us last year," Mr Cornish says.

"Nearly everyone in our summer club knows Chris well.

"We're dealing with it. It's amazing how our club has bonded together to just do the job."

Watching from the sidelines will be Mr Lane's former teammate Josh Davies, 27.

"I played with him as a young kid, 16, 17, trying to make his way. He was a good kid, a real good kid," he says.

Mr Davies says he will be joined by many of Mr Lane's former teammates for the tribute game.

"The whole team that played in the summer will be there for sure," he says.

"I know the baseball community's really getting around it.

"Even if they didn't play with him or didn't know him, they'll still be there."

Mr Davies says Mr Lane would've been surprised at the fuss being made over him.

"The sort of bloke he was, he wouldn't have wanted such a big deal," he says.

 

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