Story about ball diamond triggered great memories
I read with interest and sadness the story on converting the Long Street ball diamond in Williamsville into commercial property. Growing up in the ’50s in the village, my brother and I along with many other kids grew up on that ball diamond. It was baseball, baseball and more baseball. We also played other games there, many days well into the evening. I have fond memories of some of the Amherst police officers stopping by and wanting a turn at bat.
Every November, the north side of Main Street would play the south side in sandlot football. Some wore equipment, some did not. It was called the Toilet Bowl. I also have memories of watching two or three of the Buffalo Bills practicing on the field – Ed (Buckets) Hirsch and Rex Baumgartner were a few. The story sure brought back a great time in my life. I realize times have changed, but fond memories will last forever.