Category Archives: Human Interest

City Receives Generous Gift from Long-Time Baseball Fan to Care for NYSEG Stadium

The City of Binghamton (NY) has received a $195,159 donation from the estate of Marion O’Connor for improvements at NYSEG Stadium, home of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (Double-A, Eastern League).  O’Connor was a longtime fan who regularly attended baseball games at the ballpark with her brother, William O’Connor.  The donation was made in his honor.  Read more here.

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City Hires Firm to Begin Planning Restoration of Historic Hamtramck Ballpark

Officials are moving toward a plan to renovate Hamtramck’s (MI) historic Negro League ballpark.  The city has hired Smith Group JJR for $76,900-plus to create a pre-development plan as a precursor to any construction.  Read more here.

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Father of Ballpark Nachos Passes Away

Frank Liberto, the inventor of baseball stadium nachos (consisting of tortilla chips, jalapenos, and nacho cheese) has died aged 84 in San Antonio (TX).  Read more here.  Learn about the Ricos family-owned business here.

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Ballpark Entertainer Myron Noodleman Passes Away

One of the kings of comedy in the minor leagues is gone.  Myron Noodleman, whose real name is Rick Hader, died on Wednesday after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer.  The disease kept him from performing in ballparks as Noodleman and away from his day job as a high school teacher.  Read more here.

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All-Girls School to Take Up Residence at Boulders’ Ballpark?

Ramapo (NY) town officials Tuesday offered an embattled New Hempstead private school the use of space in the town’s baseball stadium for classrooms for up to 400 girls.  Read more here.  UPDATE:  Read more here.

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Under Pressure, Yankees Decide to Expand Protective Netting

The New York Yankees said Sunday they’ll install more protective netting in its Bronx ballpark — and the dad of a toddler who was struck by a foul ball two weeks ago said the decision came not a moment too soon.  Read more here.  Father describes ordeal here.

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Marlins Park Will Have Partially Open Roof During Hurricane, Braves Apologize for Playing Song

Hurricane Irma, tracking to hit South Florida this weekend, could be the first real test for Marlins Park.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves are apologizing for playing “Rock You Like A Hurricane” by the Scorpions vs. the Miami Marlins after offering free game tickets to hurricane-fleeing Floridians.  Read more and watch video here.

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