GLOVERSVILLE – The New York State Baseball Hall of Fame Museum has announced the grand opening of its new facility in Gloversville. Located at 45 Harrison Street, directly across the street from Parkhurst Field Little League Stadium. – A stunning replica and tribute to the original grand stands built in 1906. Together they will be putting Fulton County on the map for baseball fanatics.
Executive Director Rene LeRoux, a retired stockbroker – now sports enthusiast spearheaded the museum. “I have wanted to create a NYS Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, and believe I am in the perfect location,” claims LeRoux.
Recognizing New York baseball accomplishments began with LeRoux in 2011 with his Hall of Fame induction ceremonies – an annual packed house ceremony acknowledging the many people and faceted aspects of all who contribute to New York’s rich baseball history.
LeRoux chose the Gloversville site in Fulton County geographically for starters. Only 45 miles from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the location is an easily accessible destination for families and baseball fans.
Secondly, the location directly across from a scale, 1906 replica of Parkhurst Field, already a historic baseball destination, was monumental. Sitting the two facilities together puts Fulton County on the map for baseball fanatics.
“It’s beautiful, it’s perfect here, we are creating a legacy that will be here long after we’re gone,” added LeRoux.
Another factor in choosing the Gloversville location was overall community spirit. Specific individuals such as Mike Hauser and David Karpinski with a vision supporting community sports and history, together with the full support of Fulton County government have helped create a literal field of dreams in an unprecedented of timely fashion.
In addition, Fulton County has roots in early baseball history with the manufacturing of professional baseball gloves in Gloversville, and baseball bats in nearby Dolgeville. A proud Fulton County legacy not to be lost over time.
Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead commented on this new development, “The New York State Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a wonderful addition to our regional tourism attractions. It is a great organization that recognizes unique baseball accomplishments. Congratulations to Executive Director Rene LeRoux on the launch of this tremendous accomplishment right here in Fulton County.”
The 6500 sq. ft. museum has two large rooms, including a dedicated movie theater complete with authentic stadium seating. It will house historic baseball artifacts including signed
baseballs, jerseys, bats, photos, baseball cards and baseball memorabilia. On display will be every Major League Baseball World Series program dating back to the early 1900’s, and the Wall of Fame will host more than 150 famed inductees.
The museum’s goal is to recognize many people and their contributions to the game of baseball. Individuals such as players and managers, but also including the key players such as writers, announcers, historians, scouts, team organizations and minor league contributors.
Inductees from major league, minor league, collegiate baseball and high school have been enshrined. Such stars as Bernie Williams, Cleon Jones, Babe Ruth, Perry Barber – the most accomplished female umpire, and Fort Plain’s Craig Phillips, among the winningest high school coaches in New York State history are among those honored.
In the future, a $2.5M baseball collection, generously donated by Stanley Silver of Beverly Hills will be displayed. The collection has 1145 autographed baseballs, including one signed by the 1927 New York Yankees, also known as “Murderer’s Row,” with signatures from Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Just released, lifetime New York Met; a member of the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame, Ed Kranepool will be attending the grand opening. He went from James Monroe High School directly to the NY METS. Ed was a good hitter, had a great glove and playing a pivotal role in the 1969 year of the World Champion “Miracle Mets.”. Kranepool will be among a list of impressive inductees to meet and greet at the museum’s grand opening.
The grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, July 29 at 11 a.m. kicking off with an official ribbon cutting. Along with baseball dignitaries in attendance, there will be giveaways and tours. The museum will be open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.
Photos by Carla Kolbe, Fulton County Tourism
1. Some of the historic baseball memorabilia on display at the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Gloversville
2. The New York State Baseball Hall of Fame Museum Executive Director, Rene M. LeRoux
3. The New York State Baseball Hall of Fame Museum’s Rene M. LeRoux movie theater with authentic baseball stadium seating
4. Authentic baseball jerseys on display at the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Gloversville