GLOVERSVILLE - David Karpinski and Mike Hauser of the Gloversville Little League are scheduled to present "The Rich History of Parkhurst Field" at the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Bullpen Theater on Saturday at noon.
The presentation is one of five scheduled as part of the Society of American Baseball Research's (SABR) initiatives to document the history of the game of baseball. All the presentations are open to the public.
"We are pleased and humbled that SABR has asked us to present our research on the history of Parkhurst Field at the Hall of Fame," Karpinski said in a press release. "A few years ago, the story of our one hundred year old park and the baseball greats who played here like Honus Wagner, Cy Young, Moonlight Doc Graham, Chief Bender and George Burns had been lost to history forever. Now, after three years and countless hours of research, to be able to tell our story to a wider baseball audience at this historic venue is quite an honor."
Additionally, the complete 160-plus page presentation will be turned over to Tim Wiles, director of research for the Baseball Hall of Fame for potential inclusion and preservation in their Library, which contains over three million documents and is the world's largest repository of baseball information.
The Society for American Baseball Research had its beginnings in Cooperstown, New York.
It was the brainchild of L. Robert Davids, who in August 1971 gathered 15 other baseball researchers at the National Baseball Hall of Fame to form the organization.
From this modest start, SABR membership has broadened steadily and now totals more than 6,000 worldwide.
Many major and minor league baseball officials, broadcasters and writers, as well as numerous former players belong to SABR.
SABR members have a variety of interests, and this is reflected in the diversity of its research committees.
There are more than two dozen groups devoted to the study of a specific area related to the game - from Baseball and the Arts to Statistical Analysis to the Deadball Era to Historic Ballparks.
"Our goal is to celebrate and raise awareness of our historic park here in Gloversville, which we believe is the oldest baseball grounds in Little League in America, and use this awareness to help advance our Revitalize Parkhurst Field initiative," Hauser, president of Gloversville Little League, said in the release. "We have made terrific progress at the park over the past two years and look to improve the infrastructure for generations of baseball enthusiasts to come."
Parkhurst Field/Gloversville Little League is located at 50 Harrison St. in Gloversville.
For more information on the history of the Park or how to get involved in the Revitalize Parkhurst Field Campaign, visit the "Parkhurst Field" or "Gloversville Little League" Facebook Pages.