The demolition of Falcon Park begins.
Steven LJ Russo
Falcon Park I
Auburn New York
Former Home of the
Auburn Astros, Sunsets, Red Stars, Americans, Phillies, Twins, Mets, Yankees, Cayugas, Falcons, Bouleys, Colts
NY-Penn League (Short Season Single-A)
In all, 7 Championships would come to Falcon Field in its history, along with 14 future Major League All-Stars. The best hitter was Bobby Dill who hit .397 while Jack Maloof hit .402 for the Short Season record. Danny Napoleon’s 36 Homers set the all time Auburn record while Mike Poepping’s 18 set the Short-Season. Ron Locke and Malcolm Warren would each win 18 games while Michael Colin and Paul Epperson would win 11 in S-S play. Blake Ilsley’s 1.40 ERA was the best in Short Season though Jerry Koosman’s 1.38 would always be remembered as the best that Auburn had to offer. Oh and Arthur Horsington’s 18 loses set the Falcon Park record for futility. Now for those fantastic fourteen which would make this one of the most historic parks in America… Joe Pepitone, Jim Bouton, Mel Stottlemyre, Ed Kranepool, Cleon Jones, Tug McGraw, Jerry Koosman, Lonnie Smith, Ozzie Virgil, Luis Gonzalez, Kenny Lofton, Todd Jones, Shane Reynolds and Billy Wagner with honorable mentions to Rick Dempsey, Danny Frisella and Ken Boswell. Following the 1994 season, historic Falcon Park was demolished and a new grandstand was built around this ballfield. The new park was named Leo Pickney Field @ Falcon Park II, and was built using money raised by the efforts of many including Steven L.J. Russo.
SPECIAL THANKS to Steven L.J. Russo for his fantastic collection of photographs highlighting this historical ballpark.
Anyone with photographs of any now demolished ballpark... please let us know!