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Baseball and Crockett
In Charlotte, professional baseball dates back to 1901. The stadium which later on became the Jim
Crockett Sr Memorial Park was originally made in 1940 by Clark Griffith for Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte
Hornets were later rechristened to Charlotte Twins- an AA farm team for Minnesota Twins in 1972.
However, the Minnesota Twins ceased to affiliate with them in the same year itself.
Baseball was revived in Charlotte by the Crockett Family when they bought the AA affiliation of
Baltimore Orioles in Ashville. In 1976 they moved the Ashville Orioles to Charlotte while also renovating
the wooden ballpark. This park had the seating capacity of 5000 people. The Charlotte O’s games had
become a staple in Charlotte; it was under the watchful eyes of the creative General Manager- Frances
Crockett Ringley. She had an amazing promotional flair and was a creative genius in her own self. She
made coming to the ball game an important event rather than just a baseball game night. She has a
creative approach to the game and it reflected well in the way she handles it.
It was in the March of 1985 when the ballpark was burned down to the ground by a group of
juveniles after a baseball tournament of high school baseball. After this ill-fated tragedy, the ground
became unusable which actually has a seating capacity of 5000 initially. The Crockett Family took it upon
themselves to keep the enthusiasm of baseball alive and made the 3000 makeshift stadium where the
Charlotte O’s games were held for 3 years. By 1988, the Crockett Family sold off the team.
The Crockett Family has always been a fan of the sport and in Charlotte specially one should thank
the family and Jim Crockett baseball for popularizing it to this level, such that it has now become
At the moment the Crockett Family is focused entirely on helping veterans and other people who
suffer from mental illnesses. The Crockett Foundation, which was founded 220 years back is operational
still and works towards providing relief to such people. The Crockett Park is now a center for
rehabilitation for those suffering from mental health issues. There are regular annual barbeques held at
the venue by Lib Crockett so as to attract more participants and for friends t pledge allegiance to this
noble and worthy cause.
Right now the Foundation is solely concentrating on establishing a link between baseball and war
veterans who are suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues after retiring from service. It is
well documented that baseball and any other sport helps veterans to cope up with their illnesses. There
is also a long tradition of conducting baseball matches in honor of the veterans. Today, Crockett
Foundation is striving to bring back the game so that it benefits the veterans and also gives them a
chance to battle the mental issues they face.