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House of David at Parkhurst

This picture and article dated 7/27/1931 promotes the upcoming game between the famed House of David team against the Gloversville Eagles at Parkhurst Field.

Detroit Clowns at Parkhurst

This article dated 7/6/1931 promoted an upcoming game featuring the Gloversville Eagles vs the Detroit Clowns.

HOF Roush Plays Parkhurst

Edd J. Roush (May 8, 1893 – March 21, 1988) was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Havana Red Sox at Parkhurst

"Pop" Watkins and his Havana Red Sox, who have won 36 games this season and only lost seven, will be there Saturday afternoon to play the Elks at Parkhurst Field.

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 dead ball (pre-1920) era. When Schang wasn't catching, his managers usually played him in center field, right, or at third base, in order to keep his bat in the lineup. His defensive work was also regarded as outstanding, although he holds the American League career record for most errors by a catcher, with 218

Danforths Defeat Philly Giants

Playing to their best form the Dansforths administered an awful walloping to the Philadelphia colored Giants at J. & G. park yesterday afternoon.

Brooklyn at A.,J.&G Park

Six Hundred enthusiastic fans saw the Dansforths win a ten inning battle from the fast Brooklyn Royal Giants at J. & G. park yesterday afternoon.

Cleveland Unable to Play G’ville

Cleveland Club Unable To Come

Cuban Giants at A.  J. & G. Park

This article from 5/31/1913 promotes that afternoon‟s game featuring the Cuban Giants. The Cuban Giants were the first African- American professional baseball club. The team was originally formed in 1885. The team was so skilled in the game, and achieved victory over so many of the nearby amateur "white" teams that they attracted the attention of a promoter, Walter Cook. To appeal to a broader audience, Cook styled them the "Cuban Giants," a common ploy to avoid referring to the players as "black" or "Negro." There were rarely Cubans on the Cuban Giants.

Mathewson to play A.,J.&G. Park

Mathewson is a brother to the famous Christy Mathewson of the New York Nationals, and had a season's experience with the Giants in 1911

Danforths Team Defeats Chinese

The University of Hawaii had separate baseball teams for Chinese and Japanese players. The Chinese team toured the US in 1910, 1912, 1914, 1915, and 1916, at least, playing exhibition games with various college teams, industrial teams, and black teams.

“Moonlight” Doc Graham

Archibald Wright "Moonlight" Graham appeared as a right fielder in a single major league game for the New York Giants on June 29, 1905. His story was popularized by the 1989 film Field of Dreams starring Kevin Costner.

The Local Connection to Boston

Myron Frederick "Moose" Grimshaw was a right fielder in who played from 1905 through 1907 for the Boston Americans. Grimshaw was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. He was born in St. Johnsville, New York and raised in Canajoharie. In a three-season career, Grimshaw was a .256 hitter (229-for-894) with four home runs and 116 RBI in 259 games, including 104 runs, 31 doubles, 16 triples, and 15 stolen bases. He came back to Gloversville after his career was over and became a player/manager for the semi-pro Danforths, who played on JAG Park. Grimshaw died in Canajoharie at age 61.

Planned Big League Games

This article, dated 6-27-1907, explained that Manager Earl planned on bringing Big League Teams to the park, including Brooklyn and the Pirates (Nationals) This is the first indication that HOF Honus Wagner came to town and this field.

Baseball Thrives in Gloversville

Originally Known as A.J.&G. (Amsterdam, Johnstown & Gloversville) Park, the local railroad company F,J&G, built the park as a tourist attraction and stop on the railroad. This article dated 9/21/1906 is an example of the fun a fan could have for $.25 a game!

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