Hauser to present history of Mayfield baseball

MAYFIELD — The Mayfield Historical Society will present “Mayfield’s Baseball History — Fulton County’s Earliest Baseball Beginnings,” at 7 p.m. April 17 at the Mayfield Central Presbyterian Church, 22 N. Main St., Mayfield.

This unique and interesting free presentation will be given by Mike Hauser, founder of the Fulton County Baseball & Sports Hall of Fame in Gloversville.

Much ado has been made about Gloversville’s historic baseball diamonds that once featured big time ball games and brought professional and world class exhibition teams to our area.

However, the village of Mayfield and the hamlet of Riceville can stake even earlier claims to organized baseball in Fulton County.

Dating back to 1884, Mayfield has been the hometown for The Chickens, The Tigers, the Inter-Shop Baseball League, the Mayfield Pirates, and the Tri-Valley Semi-Pro League. Its baseball field was moved to several locations throughout the years

Admission to the presentation is free and refreshments will be served.

Hauser encourages anyone with old photos, stories, memorabilia or artifacts regarding Mayfield’s baseball history to bring them along to share with him after the presentation.

The Mayfield Historical Society’s Rice Homestead, located at 328 Riceville Road, will feature a baseball history exhibit honoring Mayfield’s baseball history dating to 1884 up through its modern day professional players, Babe Baldwin and Randy Marshall.

The Homestead will be open for the summer season beginning June 10, with free tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. through Sept. 2.

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