Group eyes markers for sports sites

JOHNSTOWN – A local group of sports enthusiasts are interested in placing historical markers throughout Fulton County, starting this summer at Gloversville’s Parkhurst Field.

Fulton County Historian Peter Betz recently informed the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee the field off Harrison Street – the home of the Gloversville Little League – could become the home for a marker.

He said the history of the field was detailed recently by Michael Hauser and David Karpinski in a video presentation at a meeting of the Fulton County Historical Society.

“I was extremely impressed at the Fulton County Historical Society’s monthly meeting,” Betz said.

Hauser is president of Gloversville-based Twin Cities Sports Promotions and associated with the Fulton-Montgomery Sports Historical Society. Karpinski is president of the Gloversville Little League.

Betz said a group involving Karpinski and Hauser – the Fulton County Baseball and Sports Hall of Fame – is paying for a historical marker, starting at Parkhurst Field.

“A number of very significant ballplayers actually played here,” Betz said.

Hauser said today the group eventually wants to install 15 to 20 historical markers at sites that have “ties” to professional sports in the county. He said the group wants to start in June or July with Parkhurst Field, where professional baseball was once played in the early 20th century. Another marker would be placed at Royal Mountain, where world champion aerialist “Jumpin'” Jack Johnson did his first flip on snow in 1973.

More details on the markers, Hauser said, will be released in the future at the group’s website –

Elsewhere in Betz’s report to the committee:

Betz said he met with Philip Eppard, chairman of the state University of New York at Albany’s Department of Information Studies. He said Eppard will administer a grant he wrote for preservation of the Eber Davis FJ&G Railroad photograph collection.

He is gathering information regarding historical activities in Fulton County the first two weekends of June, which were designated state Path Through History Weekends.

Betz responded to a request by Perth resident Bob Furda for direction in reconstructing an early home on his property. Betz also made plans to visit the site with architectural historian Ron Burch. Betz is seeking state restoration grant money sources for Furda.

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