Dimensions of Stadiums

Club             LF   CF   RF   Capacity   1995 Attendance
Albany          325  400  335    5,500   60,078
Glens Falls     310  380  330    6,500   56,544
Newburgh        330  413  343    3,000   21,000
Little Falls    373  360  378    3,300   12,000
Sullivan        350  400  350    3,000   38,000
Yonkers         320  390  320    1,200    5,200

The 6 teams of the Northeast league in 1995

Mohawk Valley Landsharks


                            P.O. Box 1061
              608 East Main Street
              Little Falls, NY 13365
              (315) 823-2454

Memories from the Field
Veterans Memorial Park has only been open 20 years and yet, everyone seems to speak of the field with fond memories. The land for the field was donated to the City of Little Falls. At first, the field was used for American Legion teams and local leagues. However, after many substantial improvements, the New York Mets placed one of their affiliates in the NY-Penn league in the stadium. One of the major improvements was rearranging the entire configuration of the field, that is, home plate now sits where where centerfield once laid, and vice-versa.

 With the arrival of the Mets, the city installed, Class AAA, lighting, a new press box, new locker rooms, and a new clubhouse. The city also installed a new scoreboard and concession stand

 Players such as Wally Backman, Kevin Elster, and Jody Davis began their careers at Veterans Memorial Park before going to the major leagues. Bud Harrelson started his managerial career in Little Falls and won the league championship in 1984. Current Mets third base coach, Mike Cubbage, also managed the team. Curiously enough, current NY Yankee manager Buck Showalter managed his first game for the Yankees at the park.

 Also who could forget many of the fun times at the park! Dwight Gooden pitching 1/3 of an inning during his meteoric rise to the majors. Or John Elway getting 5 hits for the Oneonta Yankees while he waited for the then Baltimore Colts to trade him to the Denver Broncos.

 Other fans remember Wally Backman riding a prized pony that was being given away in from right field to home plate. Or the game that was postponed because the Little Falls leftfielder was afraid of the skunk that was in the outfield. Or the mammoth home runs Jody Davis frequently hit over the centerfield lights or onto the little league field. Or the time that Hall of Famer, Willie Mays took batting practice during a promotional tour. Only a few years ago, Hall of Famer, Bob Feller called the ballpark one of the 10 best in the country.

Landsharks Souvenir Program

Directions and City Statistics
Little Falls has a population of Approximately 6,200. 7 miles east of Herkimer and 22 from Utica.

 From Exit 29A you go north until you cross the Mohawk River, and then go west on Route 5. When in the city, take a right, at light take a right. Take the second right and go past the hospital and maybe 1/5 of a mile to field. Parking is free!

Adirondack Lumberjacks

              175 Dix Avenue
              Glens Falls, NY 12801
              (518) 743-9618
Dave LaPointe
Dave LaPoint returns to the Glens Falls area after 17 years as a professional baseball player. Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers during his senior year at Glens Falls High School in 1977, Dave quickly worked his way up through baseballs minor league system. He broke into the big show by age 20.Traded to St. Louis Cardinals in 1980, Dave proved a key member of the 1982 World Champion Cardinals. Daves career included 12 different seasons in the Majors with a career record of 80-85 with a 4.01 ERA. One of his three opening day starts was with the New York Yankees in 1990.

Souvenie Program for the Lumberjacks.

Baseball in Glens Falls
Please note, e-mail me if anything needs to be added here.
Glens Falls has had an Eastern Double A League, with the White Sox and the Tigers. After these teams left town, they had a NY-Penn single A team for one year, They were called the Redbirds and affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Directions and city statistics
The City of Glens Falls has a population of 16,000. The surrounding area of Queensbury, Hudson Falls and fort Edward make up appx, 50,000 people

 From Exit 18 go east One and a half miles into Glens Falls, right onto Hudson and continue onto Glen Street. Make a left at Ridge Street(9L) and go straight for 1/2 mile. Right at Dix Ave. and go 1 and a half miles to field.

From Vermont - From Route 4, take Route 254 westward onto Quaker Hill Rd. ,still 254, for 1/4 mile. Make a left onto Dix Ave and go for 1 mile. Note that 254 goes to Exit 19 of the Northway. Parking is free!

Sullivan Mountain Lions

              P.O. Box 480
              67 Main Street
              Mountaindale, NY 12763
              (914) 436-3535
The Field
Why was the ballpark named after Ruth Baxter? Mountain Lions officials felt that Mrs. Baxters life-lone comittment to the community - as Postmaster, Ambulance volunteer and church leader - presented a perfect opportunity to honor a wonderful person, who just so happens to be a passionate baseball fan!

 Ruth was chosen after she spoke eloquently and selflessly in support of the ball club at several town meetings, amoung hundreds of her fellow townspeople. Asked why she asserted herself in favor of the team (despite the fact that her home is adjacent to the parking areas), Ruth Said " Others were complaining about how afraid they were to have the ballfield near them. I am a widow, I should be the one most afraid, and I think it is the greatest thing to happen to Mountaindale in a long time"

 The field also have special sigificance to Ruth because her fathers farm, where she grew up, was located on the land where the park was built.

 According to Mountain Lions General Manager Pete Jameson, "Ruth embodies a lot of what makes Mountaindale such a wonderful place: hospitality, community pride and loyality to her hometown."

 When asked how she felt about the park being named after her, Mrs. Baxter said, "It is great. This is the first time something liek this has happened to me. I really can not believe it yet, snd I will not believe it until the sign goes up." Look for her in the stands when you visit Baxter Park - she is the one who looks so at home...

1995 Official Program for the Mountain Lions.

Directions and City Statistics
Mountaindale is a small town of appx. 1,200 citizens. It's two closest neighbors are Ellenville, pop 4,500, 10 miles to the east and north and Monticello, pop 6,300, to the west 12 miles

 From Route 209. Take exit 113(north) from 17, or exit 19(south) from I-87. When sign for Spring glen to the west, go 6 miles on road to Mountaindale. At light in Mountaindale, take a right and go 1/4 of a mile and take a right onto the parks road. If you are coming from the west, please call or consult a map. I believe parking is $1

Comments - The field is new, the grass in the outfield is not grown by seed but rather pieces of real turf layed down. During their home opener, which I attended, the outfielders were slipping on the outfield grass as the pieces came up, as they had not rooted into the ground. Also, there are no lights at this current time at the field, and I do not know if they plan to get lights and when this would happen.

Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs

              Heritage Park
              Albany, NY 12211

Baseball in Albany
Before talking about baseball in Albany, lets talk about the name the team contest. 115 entries were received. Amoung them were the Aces, Capitals, Running Squirrels, Airports and the Senators by those who remember those golden days at Hawkins Stadium. Also the Tri-City Rippers got the nod a few times in honor of the teams GM. Ken Getsch of Schenectady came up with the Diamond Dogs after listening to a song by David Bowie by the same name. Also the Capital Region also has the River Rats and Alleycats, so it is logical choice.

 As I said, the Albany Senators were a team. They folded in 1959, and Hawkins Stadium was sold for back taxes and razed in 1960. In 1971 after a lot of "talk" the Pittsfield, Mass Senators played one game against the Reading Phillies of the Eastern League in Albany at Bleeker Stadium on August 19, 1971. Bleeker was a small place, comfortable for 200 fans of the Albany Twilight League. More than 7,000 fans showed up early to the game. Erastus Corning, one of the great mayors of Albany said to the people, "Do you people want professional baseball?":. The people responded with a loud Yeah!. He said to them, Will you work for it? The croud said YEAH! Smiling, Corning replied to the croud, Then I will help you work for it!. Hall of Famer, Mike Schmidt would hit 2 home runs for the Phillies in their 4-3 game. Pittsfield first Baseman, Al "Fat Albert" Thompson pounded his league leading 23rd home run over the right-center fence. As he rounded the bases he heard cheers of ":Hey, Hey, Hey!" from a slew of Bill Cosby impersonators in the stands. "I will never forget that game in Albany. The reason is the croud. It is real nice to have so many people come out and cheer for you. With the kind of croud that was there that night, you really want to do your best". The estimation for the was over 10,000 although the official listing was 7,760.

 Rip Rowan, a few days later received a mysterious phone call from Robert Turner claiming to represent an unnamed major league baseball team. They set up a meeting on September 27th and they met at Capital Newspapersfacility in Colonie. Mr. Turners guest was Jim Fanning, representing the Montreal Expos and John McHale, vice-president of the Nalional League. Turner wanted to put their International Triple A team in Albany. Upgrading Bleeker didn't bother the Expos, as they upgraded their Jarry Park from 2,000 to a 29,000 seat facility. And if Albany started their renovations in the winter, they promised the Albany Expos would throw out the first pitch in April, 1972.

 Mayor Corning looked at the proposal and was torn. He had promised the croud to bring professional baseball back to Albany, yet Albany would need $100,000 to spruce up the stadium and another $200,000 for a parking garage. Five high-schools would have to find a new park and amateur and semipro organizations would have to find a new home. At the end of October Mayor Corning said he was forced to tell Mr. Fanning that it would be impossible for their IL team to play at Bleeker stadium in 1972.

 It was 11 years later that Albany would get a professional team. In 1982, the Albany A"s would move in to newly built Heritage Park. This was in the Eastern League, Double A. In 1985 the Yankees moved in and stayed until 1994. The biggest croud was 14,000 when Ron Guidry was on a rehabilitation stint and pitched 3 innings. Albany Diamond Dogs Souvenir Yearbook

Directions and city statistics
The park is located in the township of Colonie, with a villaige of Colonie population of around 10,000 in the County of Albany with a population of 286,000. Nearby are many populated communities. Heading the list are Troy, Schenectady and Clifton Park.

 From Exit 4 of the Northway, go west on Route 155. You will pass the Airport enterence, go past there on Route 155, at next lights after the lights within 50 yards of the Airport enterence veer left, still on 155. Either take a right onto Albany-Shaker Road at lights or go straight on 155. With in 1/10 of a mile you will see the parking areas for the Dogs. Parking is also $1.25

Yonkers Hoot Owls

              Fleming Field
              Fillmore & Garfield
              Yonkers, NY 10710
              (914) 968-4263 (GAME)

Directions and City Statistics
Yonkers had a team in the Hudson River League in 1905 and 1907. From 1946-49 they had a North Atlantic team. Yonkers is situated just north of New York City, and quite close to Yankee Stadium. Allmost all of the players are from the local area.

 Directions - Fleming field is up Nodine Hill before the water tower on Prescott St. Use the Yonkers Ave West exit from the Cross Country Parkway(2) or Saw Mill Parkway(5). There is limited on-site parking and cars are in the path of Homeruns. You can freely park at Getty Square or the upper level of the Cross County Shopping center and take one of the free shuttle busses.

Newburgh Night Hawks

              Delano-Hitch Stadium
              375 Washington Street
              Newburgh, NY 12550
              (914) 562-2262

Directions And City Statistics
The City of Newburgh has rich baseball history with men like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Whitey Ford, Billy Martin, Mickey Mantle, and the Brooklyn Dodgers Jewels. The city has a population of about 26,000. It is close to Poughkeepsie, who has a NY-Penn team. The program for the Nighthawks does not mention baseball previously in Newburgh, but is rather entertaining with baseball trivia, comical lists, definitions. Newburgh seems to be trying to use this team to rebuild the image of Newburgh and the feeling of pride in the city.

 Directions - Exit 17 off of I-87. Take 17k east into Newburgh. About six or seven lights until the junction with Route 32, take a right onto 32. THe park is on the left corner at the first light.