I was very sorry to hear about the demolition of the baseball park in Paonia as it holds a special place in my young baseball playing days.
In 1947 I was 13 years old playing shortstop with the 16- to 18-year-old American Legion baseball team based in Delta. We had to play Grand Junction to qualify for the state tournament. We had to play on a neutral field with neutral umpires. The game was played on this baseball field with umpires from Colorado Springs. We won the game 7-1 and went on to play in the state tournament in Colorado Springs. We played Pueblo and boy, did they walk all over us! But in our defense, Pueblo ended the season ranked very high in the nation. We could say we lost to one of the best in the nation.
As a special treat, at the end of the season two baseball teams, the House of David and the Kansas City Monarchs, were brought in to play on this baseball park. They would be classified as triple A. The Kansas City Monarchs won the game by one run. The way they played the game sure popped our young eyes open. We had the best seat in the house, as we got right behind the backstop. Yes, this baseball park will always hold a warm place in my heart.