Vintage baseball game, Hall of Fame inductions scheduled at Parkhurst Field
GLOVERSVILLE – The Fulton County Baseball & Sports Hall of Fame will host its 2014 inductions Aug. 30 at Parkhurst Field between innings of a vintage baseball game.
The 2014 induction class will include local baseball legends Loren Stewart, Babe Baldwin Sr. and Chuck Harmon.
Stewart, a Gloversville High School pitching phenom, was drafted out of Gloversville High School in 1948 by the St. Louis Browns. In the minor leagues, Stewart faced Mickey Mantle in the KOM League, and later played for the Gloversville Glovers in 1950 with current Fulton County Hall of Famers John Coakley and Jack McKeon. Stewart still holds the Canadian-American League record for appearances by a pitcher, with 56 in 1950.
Baldwin, a Mayfield pitching, golf and basketball standout, was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1957 during the peak of the Yankee dynasty. He was inducted into the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.
The third Hall of Fame inductee will be Harmon. Harmon was signed just a few players after Jackie Robinson in 1947 and began his career with the Gloversville Glovers that same season. He would become the first black to play for the Cincinnati Reds in 1954. Both Baldwin and Harmon will be on hand to sign autographs and receive their Hall of Fame plaques. The family of Loren Stewart also will be in attendance to receive his plaque.
Two games will be played that day, with the first being a throwback game between the Gloversville Glovers and the Johnstown Buckskins playing for the Parkhurst Cup at noon, followed by a vintage game between the Whately Pioneers & the A., J. & G’s at 2 p.m.
The Gloversville Little League majors all-star team will be wearing throwback Gloversville Glovers uniforms to honor the professional team that played in Gloversville from the mid-1930s until 1951, while the Johnstown Little League majors all-star team will be wearing throwback Johnstown Buckskins uniforms to honor the professional team that played in Johnstown in the late 1800s. They will be competing for the newly-created Parkhurst Cup. The featured vintage game using the MLB rules in place in 1886 will take place between the Whately Pioneers of western Massachusetts and the local A., J. & G Team, which is being compiled of former Gloversville Little Leaguers who once played at the historic Parkhurst Field site. Both teams will be wearing turn of the century uniforms, while using period authentic gloves, balls and bats.
“We are excited to be honoring such local legends as Stewart and Baldwin, along with one of the true pioneers in integrating the game of baseball, [Harmon],” event co-chairman Mike Hauser said in a news release.
At the conclusion of the game, representatives from the Fulton County Museum will be on hand to help unveil the next two Fulton County Sports Historical Society road markers that denote important sports history sites in Fulton County.
The Parkhurst Field Museum, which chronicles the history of the facility since 1906, will be open to the public that day. Admission to the game is a $5 donation to the group’s Hall of Fame fund. Limited edition Chuck Harmon lithographs and copies of his Biography “First Black Red” will be available for signing. Gates open at 11:30 a.m, with the Glovers-Buckskins game at noon, and the vintage game/Hall of Fame ceremonies set to begin at 2 p.m.
Parkhurst Field/Gloversville Little League is located at 50 Harrison St.
For more information, visit www.fchof.com or contact Mike Hauser at 725-5565.
Those interested may also visit the “Parkhurst Field” or “Fulton County Baseball & Sports HOF” Facebook pages.