Discover Parkhurst

For over one hundred years, baseball has been played on the Parkhurst Field grounds.

20140808_193846Parkhurst Field opened on July 12, 1906 as the A.,J.&G Baseball Park and home of the professional New York State League’s JAGs (Johnstown-Amsterdam-Gloversville), the Park was owned by the F.J.&G. Railroad and would become a popular stop on railroad line (now the Rail Trail) located just beyond the left field wall of the grounds.

‘JAG’ Park was designed by F.L. Comstock and built by E.A. Satterlee for $3,088 on six acres of land leased from C.W. Judson on Harrison Street, midway between Gloversville and Johnstown, NY. Sam Lucas, a Gloversville native, built the actual baseball diamond and later was asked to take charge of the NY Giant’s Polo Grounds and also built the grounds at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh in 1909.

JAG’ Park once featured a grandstand which accommodated 1500 spectators and its location was convenient for MLB players and many of the world’s premier teams to play barnstorming exhibition games….

Cy-Young-1903The Boston (Red Sox) Americans played a game here en route to Detroit on July 5, 1907 with their player/manager, Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young.

On July 24, 1907, Hall of Fame great Honus Wagner and the Pittsburgh (Pirates) Nationals played on these grounds.
Joe Birmingham, a player on the JAG’s 1906 team, went on to play for the Cleveland (Indians) Naps and eventually managed “Shoeless” Joe Jackson as part of that team.

Countless minor league players, including “Moonlight” Graham, the ballplayer/doctor immortalized in the film Field of Dreams, played here as part of the Scranton Miners in 1906 and 1907 while pursuing their life-long dream of making it to the Major Leagues.

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The Park became home to the Danforth Baseball Association semi-pro team over the next decade and continued to host exhibition games featuring premier teams, including the Cuban Giants, Brooklyn Royal Giants and Philadelphia Colored Giants (Negro League Teams) and the all woman’s team, the New York Bloomer Girls and more.

On October 13, 1913, two days after winning the World Series as a starting pitcher with the Philadelphia Athletics, Hall of Fame pitcher Chief Bender played on this field.

In 1918, the F.J.&G railroad company gave up their lease on the property, and the Parkhurst family purchased the baseball grounds.

On August 14, 1923, when local baseball legend George Burns (N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia Athletics and Cincinnati Reds) came to town with the Reds to play a game against the local Elks team, he brought future Hall of Fame great Edd Roush with him.

For the next thirty years, Parkhurst Field continued to host significant games until the Parkhurst family graciously allowed the newly-formed Gloversville Little League to begin playing on these grounds in 1955. After exhaustive research, we can also now definitively state that Parkhurst Field is one of the most historic baseball grounds in America.

 

Discover the rich history of baseball history through Parkhurst Field.

Great stories of baseball, from the creation of the field at the turn of the century through some amazing games played by Major league teams and Hall of Fame Players!

This park has seen great diversity including a women’s team and many ethnic tournaments – proving baseball has always been the great equalizer – if you can play – we want to watch!

Take a walk down memory lane with us and travel to a time on OUR field of Dreams!

A., J. , & G. Park

Jim Walsh Jersey Donated

  Parkhurst Field continued host local great local ball for decades from 1910 through the 1940’s One great local player was James Walsh, who pitched for the Twin Cities, Knox Gelatines, Buckskins and All Johnstown teams and whose original uniform graces our museum. He was...

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Passing of a Legend/ GLL Begins

PAGE 8-LEADER HERALD Gloversville and Johnstown,  Friday,  December 9,  1955/  JIGGER SPORTS by JIGGER THOMPSON The recent death of John Honus Wagner,  Pittsburgh’s all-time great shortstop,  brings back memories to areas old timers who recall the outstanding performances of...

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Gloversville/Johnstown Rivalry

This article dated 8/16/1924 recaps last night‟s game on Parkhurst Field featuring the local Gloversville team vs the Knox Gelatines of Johnstown. The game was the fourth of a series of games played between the two teams. The game drew 400-600 fans. The next game...

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Fraternal League at Parkhurst

This article dated 5/14/1924 recaps last night‟s inaugural game of the Fraternal Baseball League in Gloversville between the Knights of Columbus and the Eagles. Among other teams included was the American Legion, the Masons and the Adelphi Social and Athletic Club. The Knights of Columbus were allowed to...

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JAGS

Chief Bender plays A. J. & G Park

This ad from 10/13/1913 promotes an upcoming game featuring future Hall of Famer Chief Bender and battery mate Wally Schang against the Danforths on A. J. & G. Park. Most baseball historians agree that Wally Schang was the greatest offensive catcher of the...

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Local Connection to Cleveland

Joe Birmingham played for the JAGS in 1906 and then went on to play for the Cleveland Naps. He had one of the strongest throwing arms and he was a fine defensive center fielder. He was named the manager of the Naps...

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Local Clubs at A.,J.&G. Park

Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Thursday, September 3, 1908. Local Clubmen Victors Indoors   Fort Johnson Team Wins At Johnstown   Attend Tri-club Outing   Amsterdamians, Defeated by Colonials, At Baseball, Vanquish the Representatives of the Same Club in Bowling Match and...

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Local Businessman Dies at Game

This article, dated 6-11-1908, announces the tragic sudden death of a local businessman, while witnessing a game at the park. Northrup Glove Manufacturing was formed in Broadalbin in the 1860’s and moved to Johnstown in 1875.     Thursday, June 11, 1908 M.S. Northrup Dies Suddenly Well Known Authority...

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Dansforths

E.S.Parkhurst Co. Fields a Team

This article dated 7/14/1919 recaps a game between the E.S. Parkhurst & Co., Inc. team and the Schenectady Illuminating Co. team at the former JAG Park, now Parkhurst Field. The Schenectady Illuminating Company supplied Schenectady homes and businesses with fuel for heating, cooking and lighting. The Schenectady...

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Grimshaw Manages Danforths

This article, dated 4-13- 1915, explains that Danforth’s manager, Moose Grimshaw was preparing for the season. He had been released by Louisville the year before, ending his MLB career. DANFORTHS GET READY FOR PLAY Will Start Practice Work at J. & G. Park This Week A Good Baseball Season Is Promised the...

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NY Bloomer Girls at A. J. & G. Park

Women have been playing baseball in the New York metropolitan area almost as long as baseball itself has been in existence. Shortly after the first professional men’s teams formed in the late 1860s, women began forming various recreational “base ball” clubs. Then in 1910, ballplayers Dan Whalen, Joe...

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Danforths Defeat Philly Giants

This article, dated 8-14-1913, recapped a game at “J&G Park” between the Danforths and the Philadelphia Colored Giants. The Philadelphia Giants were a Negro league baseball team that played from 1902 to 1916. From 1904 to 1909 they were one of the strongest teams in black baseball, winning...

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