Club LF CF RF Capacity 1996 Attendance Albany 325 400 335 5,500 Glens Falls 310 380 330 6,500 Waterbury Elmira Allentown Bangor Mountaindale 350 400 3500 Lynn
546 Luce Street Elmira, NY 14904 (607) 732-2228
The City of Elmira will be hosting baseball for the 108th year. The seats in the grandstand, were brought to the stadium from Rochester when they were taken out of Silver Stadium.
175 Dix Avenue Glens Falls, NY 12801 (518) 743-9618
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.
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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.
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!
Heritage Park Albany, NY 12211 (518)869-9234
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
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
PO Box 1578 96 Harlow St. Bangor, Maine (207) 941-2337
Bangor, Maine has a population of 32,000. The team played ball for the 1996 season in Orono, which is north of Bangor. The site of the field is on the campus of the Maine Black Bears.
[last Years Address] 382 Western Avenue Lynn, Ma 01902 (617) 592-BALL Fax: (617) 592-8814
[last years address] P.O. Box 113 67 Main Street Mountaindale, NY 12763 (914) 436-GAME