Baseball brings Pittsfield together
To the editor:
Saturday, May 14, at historic Wahconah Park, time seemed to hold its breath as the past, present, and future of baseball came together for a fabulous day celebrating Pittsfield's rich baseball heritage!
Crosstown rivals Pittsfield and Taconic High Schools squared off with three memorable games — JV, varsity and alumni — interspersed with unique festivities and tributes to coaches, players and teams of the past.
The celebration included tributes to former PHS coaches Buddy Pellerin and Bob Moynihan; commemoration of both the 50-year anniversary of the 1966 state championship team from Pittsfield High and the 225th anniversary of the earliest known reference to baseball here in our hometown of Pittsfield. It tied in the future of baseball with the past and the present with a first-pitch throw from dozens of our rookie, Little League and softball players — truly delightful!
Later on, rival players from all the teams could be found laughing and eating together in an amazing display of camaraderie and sportsmanship.
Pittsfield, let's celebrate and applaud our rich baseball heritage and these young people who are role models for all of us! Truly the love of baseball runs deep in our community, as the event at Wahconah Park so happily demonstrated.
How about a Baseball Museum to be housed at the Springside Park house? Already there are groups formed of people who love baseball and love our community and its great history. Two come to mind, and both were represented at Wahconah Park last Saturday: Baseball in the Berkshires (check it out on Facebook) and pellerinfield.org, the group raising funds to make improvements at the newly named Buddy Pellerin Field at Clapp Park.
Pittsfield, we have much to be proud of, let's play ball!
Tammy Cracolici, Pittsfield