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DELAWARE COUNTY (PA.) DAILY TIMES 17 Saturday, May 16, 1970 ·*· * Derwood Park becomes Delco Softball ca Ridley Township workers move mountain to make Held real showplace under lights Contractor-sportsman Tony Daliessio directs operations from his seat on bulldozer. Daily Times Photos by FRANK DIGIACOMO Cliarlie Heeney of Leedom Estates prepares to weld light standard Neil Miller of W'oodlyn operates huge font end loader on job By ED GEBHART Daily Times Sports Editor RIDLEY TWP. THE SOFTBALL CAPITAL of Delaware County is moving once again. Some years ago, the "capital" was located on Marcus Hook School field, right · across Market Street from Fats' Bar which sponsored many great teams over the years. More recently, Softball's hotbed locally was West End Memorial Park in Chester where a succcas'on of fast- pitch (like Greenlahgh) and slow-pitch (like the Invaders) teams played five nights a week. Softball still will be played this summer in Marcus Hook and Chester but the place where the action will be is Derwood Park. Derwood Park? Did you say Derwood Park? Surely not that scrap heap located down in a gulley behind the old El Rancho Club. WELL, THE LOCATION is the same but just about everything else will be different when the first game is played--under the lights--on the spanking new Derwood diamond on Memorial Day weekend. Thanks to the combined efforts of the R'dley Township Commissioners, the Ridley Township Softball League, sports-minded contractors and hundreds of m^n hours of toil by volunteer w o r k e r s , Derwood Park will be without question the finest softball field in Delaware County. Transforming a dilapidated field into a show place wasn't an easy task. The hardworking men behind the transformation a c t u a l l y moved a small part of a mountain to accomplish their goal. ijt * * T H E ' M O U N T A I N ' overlooks Derwood Park and c o n t r a c t o r s cut away approximately 3,500 cubic yards of soil and deposited on the new diamond. In addition, some 15,000 cubic y a r d s of dirt was deposited along a 500-foot strip behind the field to form a dike, eight-foot high, that will prevent the field from ever being flooded again. L a s t summer, after a particularly heavy deluge, homeplate was under six feet of water. The · entire lield will be surrounded by a four-foot cyclone fence. Distances from homeplate will be 250 feet down each foul line and to dead centerfield. Lighting will be supplied by eight standards strategically located around the field. j}t j|t :Jt SUCH A SHOWPLACE has been the dream of Ridley Township sportsmen for many years. It wasn't u n t i l February of this year, however, that work finally began following a meeting between Commissioner Johnny Shields and Tjny Daliessio, Benny Singer, Jack Faulkner and Chuck Catania. Permission was received from the Tow-iship also to remodel the seven-acre site and the Township also supplied equipment such as road graders and welding machines. After that, the list of voluntary labor and contributions began to pile up. :Je s{; :|: N. F. VERRATTI Sons, and Sam Zizza each provided a front end loader to help cut down the mountain, working from sun to sun three straight weekends. · .Frankie Pepe and Jimmy Greek each supplied and drove 15-ton dump trucks. · Baldwin - Lima - Hamilton and Sun Oil Co. donated eight 45-foot pipes to serve as light standards. · Virginia Barrel Co. made special footings in which to cement the pipe. Estates and young Gary Moran was ready to weld whenever called upon. · Volunteer crews from Woodlyn and Mtimont Park fire companies alternated coming out each night to siphon water out of nearby Chester Creek and spray it over the entire field to help the grass seed germinate. * * '* L E S S - S K I L L E D B U T certainly no less dedicated labor was supplied by scores of men . . . unselfish fellows who came home from a. full day's work, hastily bolted down dinner and rushed to the park where they worked as long as daylight permitted. Others gave up many weekends in order to get the field ready. Heading this group were John Moran and Jack Donald and their crews included Sammy Ferrante, J o h n McKenna, Lenny Warren, Mickey McLaughlin, John Ratliff, Butch Dclozier,' Jay Randall, Pete Subers, Bill Fachet and RTSL president Jack Faulkner. * * * SCORES OF VOLUNTEER workers have made the longtime dream come true, but no one man has worked so hard or so long as Daliessio, a private contractor who has worked till dark every weekday and a minimum 1'2 hours each Saturday and Sunday on his pet project. Although he refuses to take any credit, Daliessio has been praised by the men on the job as the driving forcp behind the operation. In addition to making full use of his considerable technical skills, Daliessio has served as an inspiration to his co-workers for his ceaseless energy. When time comes for the field to open, "Gook" may be too exhausted to play on it. "IT'S BEEN A LABOR of love," Daliessio said. "A lot of guys who love to play ball have got , together , and unselfishly given of their time and labor to make this possible. "No one man and no one organization is responsible. Everybody did his share and without everyone pitching in, the job couldn't have been done. "We figure we still have to raise $2,500 to fmish the job, and I know we'll get it. People in the community also; are supporting us and we figure with one or two more tag days we'll be over the top. "We've saved the taxpayers a bundle of money, you kripw," he added. "I know a little something about this type of work and--figuring labor and equipment r e n t a l a everything--you couldn't touch this job for under $42,000. · Hard working crew includes (from left) Butch Delozier Jay Randall t Johnny McKenna and Jack Faulkner ! - Pete Subers (left) and Lenny Warren display considerable skill handling rake on new infield, Dust Commander hopes to prove he's for real BALTIMORE, Md. (UPI)-Dust Commander set out to prove today that his Kentucky Derby victory of two weeks ago was not a fluke when he look on 13 rivals in the 95th running of the $204,800 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. The trim little chestnut colt pulled away to a five-length victory at Churchill Downs in the first of the triple crown classics. Yet the son of Bold the Kentucky Derby, drew heavy supoort. Mike Manganello, who kept Dust throughout tucky Commander on the rail most of the Ken- Derby to save ground, $30,000 to second, $15,00 to 'third and 5,500 to fourth. Post time is 5:40 p.m. (EOT) with CBS handling the race on television and radio. Owner Robert Lehmann, who paid only $6,500 for Dust Commander, had to contribute $12,000 to the purse to start him in the Preakness. Lehmann,p. a y muuo.TM..- , failed to nominate the little colt My Dad Geo'-ge. originally for $100 and had to ''Sure we were lucky to get ante up a $10,000 supplcmenta-ithrough in the Kentucky ry fee as well as $2,000 to enter Derby." admitted! he Comman- and start dcr's trainer, Don Combs. "I once again was to ride the little chestnut, who came out of that race with a wrenched ankle. Broussard was assigned to

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  1. Delaware County Daily Times,
  2. 16 May 1970, Sat,
  3. Page 16

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