Member of Longview’s first little league team works for recognition of park
LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Many consider baseball the most American of sports, and played it as a youth. One man feels so strongly about it he plans to get a plaque erected that gives a brief history of the first Little League field at Timpson Park in Longview. And he should know, because he played on the team.
Bobby Frazier is 82 and has some pretty clear memories of when he was a youth, playing baseball with neighborhood kids.
“We all got together and ganged up every week or so and played ball. And when we heard there was going to be a league, we didn’t really know what they were talking about, but we met down at the park,” Frazier said.
Bobby says the field wasn’t built yet.
“And there was about, I don’t know, two hundred guys. There was a lot of kids that came out, and coaches. They just started working out and getting infield practice,” Frazier said.
Before the 1951 field was built, they just played in street clothes.
“We were excited to get started because we never had uniforms and stuff,” Frazier said.
He says they formed several teams.
“We played about twelve or fourteen games is all we played,” Frazier said.
That was per year, plus a couple all-star games. Bobby thinks all those memories deserve to be, well, remembered.
“I just think that there ought to be some type of recognition. Maybe for all of the thousands and thousands of players that played there,” Frazier said.
And that’s when he got the idea for a plaque.
Longview Parks and Recreation Director Scott Caron thinks that’s a pretty good idea.
“Typically on these kinds of things we like to run everything by the parks advisory board. They’re there to kind of look over our department and make sure we are representing the public as a whole,” Caron said.
So what the plaque says will be approved by parks and rec, and will be placed where the public can read it. And during a brief respite from today’s rain, a man walked along the far side of the field, just outside the fence. It reminded me of a different field where old players came back to bat.
“I’d love to do that. The old kid ain’t gone out of this old man yet. There’s still a little kid in there in a way,” Frazier said.
Longview Park Director Scott Caron says the plaque would be placed at Lear Park where the new fields are since the old field is only used for practice now. By the way, Bobby says he played baseball for fifty years.
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