Karpinski to present Parkhurst Field information at Cooperstown

An artist’s rendering shows a vision of Parkhurst Field as a youth baseball complex capable of hosting tournaments throughout the summer. (The Leader-Heald file photo)

GLOVERSVILLE — David Karpinski, executive director of the Parkhurst Field Foundation has been selected to present “Parkhurst Field — The Original Field of Dreams” at the 2018 Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown on May 31.

The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture is a unique forum, sponsored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the State University of New York — Oneonta, which provides academics and researchers from around the country with a platform to present and discuss a variety of topics concerning the game of baseball and how it relates to our culture and society. Proposals for papers were submitted in December from all disciplines and on all topics and Parkhurst Field Foundation’s was selected because of its national relevance, historic cultural diversity and that it was recently identified as the only field on which Moonlight Doc Graham of Field of Dreams played that still exists.

“We are honored to be asked to present to these researchers in the heart of the most storied sports shrines in the world. Since 1939, the Hall of Fame has existed as a library documenting baseball’s rich history, and a home of priceless baseball artifacts and plaques immortalizing the greatest baseball players in history,” said Karpinski in a news release. “Since 1906, Parkhurst Field has been a baseball destination for such Hall of Fame greats as Cy Young, Honus Wagner, Chief Bender and more and is a microcosm of early 20th century baseball, including Negro League games, the New York Bloomer Girls, the House of David and the Industrial League baseball era. We look forward to sharing our story there this month to continue to build awareness of our historic park and campaign to revitalize it and create a destination for baseball enthusiasts to enjoy.”

To support the capital campaign, visit its website at www.parkhurstfield.org or the Parkhurst Field Facebook page.

By Josh Bovee

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