Midfield High School




This is for anyone that played baseball at the park , paticularly in the 1960's and 1970's and early 80's when Midfield had an outstanding park system . Share your stories and add any pics that you can share.

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Started by Benny Quinn Oct 15, 2009.

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Comment by Jeff Hamm on December 1, 2010 at 2:18pm
From 1964 to 1976 I was a baseball player at Larry Thomas and Benns fields spending my summers on the fields and enjoying every moment. Seeing this group reminds me of all the players that were good at the game, the Laceys, Yorks, Haynes, so many and not enough space.
Comment by Jim Kennedy on May 11, 2010 at 10:21am
Hey to add to the comments made earlier about Mr. Lisenby and Mr. Brandon, these guys both gave so unselfishly of themselves to so many of us that played in the park system back in the day. I know because I was the ultimate park rat being that it was my literal backyard. I remember practically living @ the Larry Thomas field from mid March to July each year '65 - '72). If it hadn't been for the park ball system and great model individuals coaching and directing there is no telling how some of us may have turned out. This and the eventual community center (built in '71 if I remember correctly) probably had the most influence on many of us as we grew up in such a great place. Who doesn't remember Mr. Mac or Buck crawling your a$$ and keeping you in line from time to time. Ha!
Comment by Marilynn Sides (Vaughn) on April 7, 2010 at 9:11pm
I remember loooong nights at the ball park. My dad was always there. Loved those corndogs. I can remember being a princess for the woodchucks and beating my escort with my flower. My dad and uncle coached a lot when we were little.
Comment by DANNY INGRAM on February 8, 2010 at 10:54am
There are several interesting storys I remember well. In the 1974 Major League Championship between the A's and the Red Sox...Ricky Hood was pitching for us, I was on the A's. We had won the first half championship. Ronald Coleman was pitching for the Red Sox. They had won the 2nd half. It was 1-0 in the 4th inning we (The A's) were ahead. The Red Sox had the bases loaded and no outs. There was a ball hit to deep left field, and all the runners held. Our left fielder almost at the fence caught and then dropped the ball. It was crazy!!! The 3rd base coach (Mr Coleman) had told the runner to stay, then go, etc....our Left fielder threw the ball in, all the runners were froze and didn't know what to do it all happened so fast, and everyone was yelling!!! We ended up getting a triple play and ended up winning the game 1-0!...I'll never forget the ride as we rushed the pictures mound and in a big heap Mr Mitchell leading we ended up in center field celebrating!! It was a memory I'll never forget!!!
Danny Ingram
Comment by Rod Davis on January 27, 2010 at 1:48pm
Here's an old Rutledge boy who came over to play Dixie Seniors at Benn's Field. Played all four years on the Cardinals, Barry Crowson was the coach. Played with Ken "Crow" Crowson, Jeff Hamm and I know many others who I just can't remember in my old age. I loved playing baseball and had a lot of fun doing it.
Comment by Gene Miller on January 26, 2010 at 9:39pm
After reading all these posts I have to admit I am OLD. As far as all of you go back, I still am back further. I played major league in Ensley, but Dixie Boys and Majors in Midfield. David and I know each other very well. First from Midfield and second from serving on the DYB state board of directors together. I played on the Dodgers (boys and majors) for Mr Lisenby and Mr Brandon. Both have recently passed away. Both of these GREAT men had a major impact on my life and I thank God for them. Benn's Field brings back a lot of memories. Mrs. Benn's was a first class lady.
Comment by James Gaylor on December 9, 2009 at 9:10pm
He was always nice to me and my dad. I was always a couple of years behind his teams so I only played against his teams one year I believe. I know he meant a lot to the park system....
Comment by David Holladay on December 9, 2009 at 8:46pm
We have lost a dear one. Jerry Lisenby left such an incredible mark on so many of us. He coached literally hundreds of young people during his tenure at Midfield park that spanned two decades. I know I speak for all "ballpark kids" when I say "thanks for the memories Coach Lisenby." We will miss him and recall him warmly for the remainder of our lives.
Comment by MARK BOGGAN on November 5, 2009 at 4:47pm
Hey James,
Where are our names on the stats list?????? I wasn't a record setter. But not too bad at baseball. You weren't either.
Comment by Greg Cottis "Pappa Grego" on November 5, 2009 at 1:08pm
Gee, on the stat sheet it did not have the stats I lead in,,,,,Most innings spent in the dugout !!!
Yeah, I was that bad,,,,Baseball just was not my thing. I did play T ball in West End, minor in Central Park & Midfield. Might have been better if I tried harder !!

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