A century ago, Parkesburg had one of the first professional baseball teams in the United States. It was sponsored by the old Parkesburg Iron Company.

Crowds from all over came to watch the PICO team play. Now, baseball has come back to Parkesburg and is starting with a grand parade and includes the Southern Chester County Babe Ruth League.

The Southern Chester Country Babe Ruth League, (SCCBRL) and the Borough of Parkesburg in conjunction with help from the Parkesburg Area Business Association will be organizing a parade through Parkesburg as a grand opening to the first pitch being thrown in town at Minch Park and John Canan Sr. Ball Park.

The SCCBRL has offered help in putting Parkesburg back on the map and in getting the park ready and in organizing a parade for a special baseball season held in conjunction with Parkesburg's revitalization.

That parade will take place in Parkesburg on Saturday, April 22. Kids and their teams will meet at 9 a.m. at the shopping center at the west end of town on Main Street. They will be accompanied by motorcycle police, squad cars and a fire engine. There are hopes that following right behind the motorcycle policeman in front, there will be a color guard and marching band. Michael Martorana, VP of Borough Council is attempting to secure an interested band.

The procession will proceed east on Main, turn right on Culvert, left on 1st Avenue heading east. Each team will be carrying a banner from local business sponsors. The parade will then turn right on West and walk two blocks into Minch Park where they will reorganize with their respective teams. Then, there will be the playing of the National Anthem by the band and display "at attention" of the American Flag by the color guard.

The mayor will throw out the first pitch at the ball field and the umpire will yell, "Play ball!" There will be baseball games throughout the day on two fields. There are 150 kids expected, dozens of coaches and their wives and family, parents and siblings of players, grandparents and many friends, not to mention those spectators from Parkesburg and the local area. We anticipate a crowd of 500 or more. Once in the park, there will be open air tents where many vendors will be set up offering a variety of foods, gifts, crafts and products. Tables will be conveniently located so people can sit to enjoy their lunch as they watch the games.

There will be news releases generated by Parkesburg Borough offices as well as the Baseball league. Vendors can also rent tables by contacting Wendy, borough secretary at 610-857-2616.

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