Pittsfield’s Wahconah Park has hosted baseball games since 1892. This weekend commences the second season for its current team, the Pittsfield Suns, with home games on Thursday and Friday, followed by road games in Torrington, Connecticut, and Leominster, Massachusetts. Tonight’s home opener features a fireworks show, and tomorrow night’s game is against two-time defending champions the Nashua (New Hampshire) Silver Knights. All of which is good reason to spend some time this weekend, as well as all summer, at Wahconah’s legendary dirt diamond in the Berkshires.
As today’s article in the Berkshire Eagle notes, last summer, the Pittsfield Suns drew the second-highest league attendance to the blessedly creeky old-school wooded grandstands at Wahconah Park, and this year’s increased sponsorships have the team looking to expand upon last season’s success.
I managed to get out there two summers ago, after reading and thoroughly enjoying Jim Bouton’s part memoir/part political manifesto against publicly funded stadiums Foul Ball: My Life and Hard Times Trying to Save an Old Ballpark, and have been looking forward to returning to legendary Wahconah Park ever since.
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