Fulton County Baseball and Sports Hall of Fame Presentations Saturday – The Daily Gazette

GLOVERSVILLE – For the first time since 2019, the Fulton County Baseball & Sports Hall of Fame will host a personal entrance ceremony on Saturday.

The event will be held at Parkhurst Field, 50 Harrison St. Gloversvillen.

Initially set for 2020 this year’s first class will be the 1951 Gloversville High School baseball team, which went undefeated, and four members played professional baseball. These four players are Don Shoblom, Jack Sanford, Frank Ricco and Joe Kobuskie.

The 1951 Gloversville team was led by Duke Miller and went 15-0-1, marking the only time they had an undefeated season in school history.

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

The Shoblom was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1954 and played for the C Class Appalachian League San Angelo Colts and the Pauls Valley Raiders (Pauls Valley, Okla.) For the Class C Sooner State League.

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

Kobuskie also participated in the 1955 College World Series at Springfield College and later joined Kansas City Athletics, where he played for Savannah A’s (Savannah, Georgia) in the A Class A South Atlantic League. In 1956, he joined the Pittsburgh Pirates and played for the Midwest League Clinton Pirates (Clinton, Iowa).

When he graduated from Gloversville in 1952, Ricco joined the New York Yankees, where he spent the 1952 and 1953 seasons catching the Class D Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York League Olean Yankees. In 1954, he distributed time to St. Joseph Saints (St. Joseph, Mo.) in Class C Western Association and McAlester Rockets (McAlester, Okla.) In Class D Sooner State League. In the 1956 season, he played for the Modesto Reds (Modesto, California) and the Appalachian League Class Bristol Twins (Bristol, Va.) For the C-League in California.

In addition to the Hall of Fame ceremony, the Parkhurst Field Foundation will hold an opening ceremony on Saturday at Parkhurst Field to kick off its $ 3.5 million renovation project.

The event will take place at 9:30 am and will begin Phase I of the project, which will begin in July. Phase I will create a new turn-of-the-century grandstand with a 500-seat grandstand that will seat 500 spectators. The project will make New York State one of America’s oldest baseball fields and an economic diamond, and will continue to serve local and minor league teams across the country.

Gloversville Little League players and board members in the region will be members of the Parkhurst Field Foundation and political authorities who have been instrumental in supporting the project. They call on all former players and families to have a “final catch” on the pitches they attended and raised.

The Hall of Fame events will begin after the opening ceremony of the Parkhurst Field Renovation project.

Gene Satterlee and Jack Sanford, members of the 1951 group, and members of the Don Shoblom family will be present at the ceremonies. Satterlee, Sanford and Tom Foster are scheduled to accept HOF plates for Kobuskie and Ricco.

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

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