By Lance Jackson, Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor
She recently was reminiscing about her childhood in Temple and how our family’s athletic prowess began with her playing baseball with the boys at Baker Field, our neighborhood park. I played there many times myself as a kid. Our conversation made me wonder just how long the old baseball park has existed.
I contacted the Temple Parks & Recreation office and was informed that it dates to 1946.
My mother says she could hit with the best of the boys and was just as fast. I believe her, too. She was later proud to support and watch her five boys playing Little League at that same park. All the local kids dreamed of playing at Baker Field and we’d sometimes sneak out there for pick-up games, but since it was considered the big boy field, we were always chased off.
The kids of my generation seemed to be better at baseball than the other sports, and I was no exception. I played in a couple of Little League all-star games there, as well as competing in the 13-15 year-old major division. Most of the teams I played on went undefeated, and we went to state twice.
Then somebody told me I should focus on football instead. Can you imagine that? I guess it worked out for the best, but who knows?
The point is that parks and recreational activities give us amazing memories and experiences that we carry for the rest of our lives and can share with our children and grandchildren. There’s a park near you just waiting for the next generation of athletes — and non-athletes.
You can create your own memories by taking part in the variety of programs and activities offered by the College Station Parks and Recreation Department. Click here for more information and be sure to check out our 2015 Spring Guide.
About the Author: Lance Jackson has been with the Lincoln Recreation Center for more than two decades, including 17 years as supervisor. He previously worked with the MHMR Authority of the Brazos Valley. Originally from Temple, Lance was a defensive back at Texas A&M for Jackie Sherrill and R.C. Slocum during the famed Wrecking Crew era.
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