1892: George Burbank, a carpenter and builder who constructed 300 homes in Pittsfield between 1885 and 1908, builds the first baseball diamond and grandstand. The first game, between a semipro team from Albany, N.Y., and a 'rapidly assembled' Pittsfield squad, takes place in August of that year (Pittsfield won).

1909: The second grandstand is built.

1919: The Wahconah Park property is deeded to the city of Pittsfield.

1924: Lou Gehrig hits a home run into the Housatonic River during a minor-league game for the Hartford Senators.

1930: The first night game is played.

1941-51: Canadian-American League teams call Wahconah home: the Pittsfield Electrics (1941-48), Pittsfield Indians (1949-50), Pittsfield Phillies (1951).

1949: Rumors that the Wahconah Park site was once used as a city dump are proved false by an excavator.

1950: The grandstand still in use today is constructed.

1965-88: Eastern League teams call Wahconah home: Pittsfield Red Sox (1965-69), Pittsfield Senators (1970-71), Pittsfield Rangers (1972-75), Berkshire Brewers (1976), Pittsfield Cubs (1985-88).

1989-2001: New York-Penn League teams based at Wahconah: Pittsfield Mets (1989-2000), Pittsfield Astros (2001).

2002-03: Independent-league Berkshire Black Bears play home games at Wahconah.

2004: A crowd of 5,000 attends a vintage game between the Pittsfield Hillies and Hartford Senators. The game was televised live by ESPN Classic.

2005-07: Pittsfield Dukes of the New England Collegiate Baseball League use Wahconah as home park. Mayor James M. Ruberto says he'd like the team to stay beyond its current contract, which expires after this season.

Source: Eagle news services