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Pope Park set to host latest round of centennial celebration today in Sylvester

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

SYLVESTER -- In celebration of the centennial year of baseball at historic Pope Park in Sylvester, the Worth County Rams Baseball Boosters will host an "Old Timers" Game and Home Run Derby today. Registration and lunch will begin at noon with the first pitch to be thrown out by the oldest player present at 1 p.m..

During its 100 years of existence, Pope Park has been the home field of amateur, semi-pro, American Legion and county league teams as well as the local high school teams of McPhaul Institute (1910 - 1948), the Sylvester High School Eagles (1949-1960) and the Worth County High School Rams (1961 - present). It even served as the spring training site for minor league teams from Kentucky in 1950 and 1951.

Anyone who ever played at Pope Park is invited to attend and be recognized at this centennial celebration. A book of Pope Park history and game descriptions gleaned from local newspaper accounts dating back to 1910 will be available, and the Sylvester Junior Women's Club will be taking orders for commemorative brass Christmas ornaments depicting the park.

A museum of memories is located next to the ticket booth, and attendees are asked to bring old annuals, photos and newspaper articles that the Boosters can copy for inclusion in its collection. Players who have old cleats, uniforms, caps, or letter jackets are encouraged to wear them.

In the event of rain today, the event will be held March 27.