CHERRY CREEK - Baseball has always claimed a large portion of the Pine Valley's history, a fact celebrated in grand style recently as Cherry Creek Mayor Bruce Fish proclaimed that "Oct. 12 will forever be known as Baseball Heritage Day in the village of Cherry Creek."
Amid sunny skies many of the village's faithful baseball fans and former players gathered to celebrate the repurposing and renovation of the historic grandstand in the ballpark on Main Street.
"Let it be proclaimed this day that whereas there have been tens of thousands to play before this grandstand, and whereas there have been thousands of games played before this grandstand, and whereas there has been a grandstand on this location for over one hundred years, and whereas on this day this grandstand is rededicated and repurposed, I, Bruce Fish, mayor of the village of Cherry Creek proclaim this day, Oct. 12 shall be forever known as Baseball Heritage Day in the village of Cherry Creek," Fish said to those gathered in the grandstand.
Sam Condon, former player and manager of the Cherry Creek baseball team, presents a bat to Mayor Bruce Fish as Nancy Hall of the Cherry Creek Community Association looks on.
P-J photos by Sue Ann Fish
The ceremonies began with opening remarks by Nancy Hall of the Cherry Creek Community Association Inc. and the singing of the National Anthem by Katelyn Miller. Hall then introduced former player and manager Sam Condon, who presented Fish with a baseball bat to be signed by the players on hand for the celebration. Hall then thanked Linda Powell and Peg VanWormer, who organized the day's festivities.
Players on hand were Bob Clark, pitcher, "and a darn good one, too," according to his former teammates; John Swanson who played shortstop and center field; catcher Wade Nelson and pitcher Joe Paget, who "threw more pitches than Wade had fingers," as well as well known player and manager, Sam Condon. The players reminisced about games and days gone by, including one game against Cassadaga where a bench clearing brawl broke out among the players. The team was to play them again a month later, and Condon called the manager of the Cassadaga team, Tim Wissman, to see which team he should bring - the playing team or the fighting team.
The players spoke of playing a donkey baseball game on the field, as well as the hundreds of spectators who would come out to attend the game each year on the Fourth of July.