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The Fairmount Sports Association

The following was posted in the Guestbook.
It was too long for the guestbook, so we've posted it here. It's a great history of the FSA and a nice tribute to the hard work it takes to start and run such a wonderful neighborhood organization. RJM

DATE: Sunday, January 31, 1999 at 17:31:13 (EST)
FROM: Fairmount, Philadelphia, PA

COMMENT: Fairmount Sports Assoc. has been existed since 1962. It is located at 23rd and Penna. Ave. It was started by a group of men who got together and decided to build a baseball field for the children in the community. It took a lot of hard work and dedication. The work of creating the baseball field was done by the men themselves. It only had a few teams in the beginning and the equipment, etc. was kept in Cecilia Coyle's house.

Later in years, the assoc. grew and moved from the Coyle's home to the C.W.V Club, at Ringgold and Brown Sts. operated by Joe Kelly, Sr. To name a few of the original men who worked so hard to get this association started were James Lista, Urkie (Reds) Ward, Jack Morrissey, Sr. Joe Kelly, Sr., Joe Judge, Jake Halligan, Joe Rielly. Sr. Past presidents included Jack Morrissey, Mike Morrissey, Vince Muldoon, Urkie Ward, Joe Judge, Joe Bosler, John McGrath, Moe Siegal. There are so many men who were involved over the years we may have forgotten a few. We did not intend to leave anyone out on purpose. Please let us know if you were on the board so we can add you to our list.

Our present day president is John Dunn, who has been involved for over 20 years. Today, we have over 48 teams, girls and boys. Over the years the organization grew from one field to three fields. The association had a fieldhouse built on the corner of the Von Colin Field that was known years ago as the Crescent field. The field house provides the children and parents with restrooms, a concession stand and an office.

F.S.A has come along way because of all the dedication of the men and women over the years. John Dunn is working hard to keep the organization improving and flourishing for our next generation. Thank you to all past and present members. If you played in the league, let us know your team, the year, etc. You can also reach us at 215-751-9280. Looking forward to hearing from you.

We are a non-profit organization that relies soley on tax deductable donations. Since we have been in existence for such a long time, it is very hard to summarize our history (this is partly because of the constant change in supporters, and the league's continuing development). Today, the association now includes teams for boys and girls. In the beginning only boys teams existed. It was with the persuasion of Mickey McMennamin, Jake McGuigan, Pat McGuigan, and Vince Muldoon, that the girls softball league was created.

FSA would not be what it is today without the financial support of the many sponsors and the donations of the people in the community.

Webmaster's Additional Notes:

I played for three years with the Fairmount Little League (Phillies and Angels). I remember men like Mr. Judge and Urkie. They were patient, dedicated guys who gave up a lot of their free time to help kids have fun.

Crescent Field was named for the curved road that brings traffic up from the Parkway to Spring Garden St. and Pennsylvania Avenue. I don't know if they still do it, but when kids wanted to go to the ballfield to play, they said, "Let's go to the crescent." The field was renamed Von Colln Field after Police Officer Frank Von Collin who was a member of the Fairmount Park Police who died in the line of duty.


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