Fulton County Baseball & Sports Hall of Fame inductions Saturday


The 1951 Gloversville High School baseball team is scheduled to be inducted into the Fulton County Baseball & Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday during an induction ceremony at Parkhurst Field in Gloversville. The 1951 team went 15-0-1.

GLOVERSVILLE — For the first time since 2019, the Fulton County Baseball & Sports Hall of Fame will host an in-person induction ceremony Saturday.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place at Parkhurst Field, 50 Harrison St. in Gloversville. 

This year’s induction class, which was originally set for 2020, will include the 1951 Gloversville High School varsity baseball team, which went undefeated, and its four members who went on to play professional baseball.  Those four players are Don Shoblom, Jack Sanford, Frank Ricco and Joe Kobuskie.

The 1951 Gloversville team was managed by Duke Miller and went 15-0-1, marking the only time in the school’s history that it posted an undefeated season. 

Players included Gene Satterlee, Shoblom, Chuck Giardino, Sanford, Dick Grinnell, Bob Richards, Dick LeFever, Kobuskie, John Recesso, Ricco, Larry DeLaurie and Jim Meehan.

Shoblom was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1954, and went on to play for the San Angelo Colts of the Class C Appalachian League, and the Pauls Valley Raiders (Pauls Valley, Okla.) of the Class C Sooner State League.

Sanford led Springfield College to the College World Series in 1955. He was then signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sanford played for the Williamsport Grays (Williamsport, Pa.) of the Eastern League in 1955 and 1956 before signing with the St. Louis Cardinals and pitching for the Jacksonville Braves (Jacksonville, Fla.) in the South Atlantic League in 1957. He then split the 1958 season pitching for the York White Roses (York, Pa.) of the Eastern League, and the Lincoln Chiefs of the Western League in Lincoln, Neb.

Kobuskie also competed in the 1955 College World Series for Springfield College and was then signed by Kansas City Athletics, where he played for the Savannah A’s (Savannah, Ga.) in the Class A South Atlantic League. In 1956, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates and played for the Clinton Pirates (Clinton, Iowa) of the Midwest League.

Upon graduating from Gloversville in 1952, Ricco was signed by the New York Yankees, where he spent the 1952 and 1953 seasons catching for the Olean Yankees of the Class D Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York League. In 1954, he split time between the St. Joseph Saints (St. Joseph, Mo.) in the Class C Western Association and the McAlester Rockets (McAlester, Okla.) in the Class D Sooner State League. During the 1956 season, he played for both the Modesto Reds (Modesto, Calif.) of the Class C California League, and the Bristol Twins (Bristol, Va.) of the Class D Appalachian League.

In addition to the Hall of Fame ceremony, the Parkhurst Field Foundation will host a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday at Parkhurst Field to kick-off its $3.5 million renovation project.

The ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. and will mark the start of Phase I of the project, which is slated to begin in July. Phase I will include the creation of a brand-new field with turn-of-the-century, period-specific grandstands that will seat 500 spectators. The project will transform one of the oldest baseball grounds in America into a destination and economic diamond for upstate New York that will continue to service the local Little League teams and travel teams from around the country.

On hand will be Gloversville Little League organization players and board members, Parkhurst Field Foundation members and political dignitaries who have been influential in assisting with the project. All former players and families are urged to attend and have a “final catch” on the fields they grew up playing on.

The Hall of Fame ceremonies are scheduled to start following the Parkhurst Field Renovation project groundbreaking ceremony. 

Scheduled to be on hand for the ceremonies will be 1951 team members Gene Satterlee and Jack Sanford, as well as the family of Don Shoblom. Scheduled to accept the HOF plaques for Kobuskie and Ricco will be Satterlee, Sanford and Tom Foster. 

The Parkhurst Field Museum, which chronicles the history of the facility since 1906, will be open all day. For more information, visit www.fchof.com or contact Mike Hauser at 518-725-5565. Those interested may also visit the Parkhurst Field” or Fulton County Baseball & Sports HOF Facebook Pages.  

By Paul Wager

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