Monday, June 27, 2016

AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE

RV and I drove to the historical and impressive Terry Park in Fort Myers on Sunday, June 26,  to see our grandson, Kenneth, play in a baseball tournament.  Kenneth is a senior at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, FL and his love for baseball is evident in how he performs on the field. (and the amount of clay he has on his baseball pants after the game).  He is a very talented catcher but also plays other positions occasionally.  This next year will be exciting for him as he will have many choices to make that will impact the rest of his life.
The Burke's - Harold, Kenneth, Kristen and Kenzie
(Kiley and Khloe absent)
The Terry Park Ballfield Sports Complex (aka Park T. Pigott Memorial Stadium) is listed as a National Historic Site in Fort Myers, Florida.  The park is named after the family who donated the land in the 1920's.
Entrance - Terry Park Ballfield
Entrance to Terry Park Ballfield - Fort Myers,  FL
For years, the stadium has hosted Major League Baseball spring training as well as a dozen years of Florida State League baseball.  The stadium has hosted the Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals spring training needs throughout the years.  Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Roberto Clemente, Jimmy Foxx, Bob Feller, Tris Speaker and George Brett are just a few of the Hall of Famers who have played at Terry Park. Throughout the park complex, which has 4 ballfields immaculately maintained, are tributes to baseball names and legends we've heard about most of our lives.
George Brett Field - Terry Park

Roberto Clemente Field - Terry Park




The day had a very happy ending.  Kenneth scored the winning run and his team won 6-5.  The fans sat under a covered canopy enjoying occasional breezes that made the 90 degree temperatures bearable.
Terry Park Ballfields - Fort Myers, FL





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