From Baseball's Canadian-American League by David Pietrusza:

The Fair Grounds, later known as Berkshire or Glovers Park, must have been fine
for auto races, boxing, wrestling, standardbred and greyhound racing, and even for
shows and circuses, but it was just not very suitable for baseball when the Can-Am
League first laid eyes upon it in 1937.

"The outfield was a hayfield in those days," recalls Harry Dunkel."Terrible. The
ballpark wasn’t any good. It didn’t have good fences around it. They were
the kind they put along the roads in the wintertime, snow fences."

That wasn't all. On the Beavers' first visit to the place in 1937, the
Smiths Falls
Record News
reported: "The mud was so deep that hard-hit balls plopped into the
mud and were frequently turned into double plays."

Actually, baseball had been played at the site for some time. On May 31, 1898, the
local McKeevers and Adelphis played to a tie; the game ended after three and a
half innings when the only available ball was hit into some weeds on the edge of
the outfield and was lost!

In 1940 installation of lights was financed via the sale of stock. Guy Barbieri
remembers the park as "kind of dilapidated" in 1947. In 1948 the park was
thoroughly overhauled again, and in 1950 a new orange and black color scheme
was added to the scoreboard.

But that was at the very end of its useful life. We next come across the park as a
mouldering shadow of itself.

In 1960 Leader-Herald sports columnist "Jigger" Thompson wrote about Glovers
Park as it stood in decay, and the picture he drew was all too true of so many of the
old parks:

It's no longer Glovers Park. It's Lovers Park. Someone painted out the "G" on the
It no longer hustles with activity as it did ten years ago. Even nine years ago, the
last year there was Canadian-American League baseball....
There's no outfield fence to skid homers over. The grass and weeds are high.
The last reminder of Can-Am ball is the scoreboard, weather-beaten but still
The grandstand still is there. So is the press box and what's left of the locker
You can almost hear shouts of "Play Ball!"
You can almost hear shouts of "Let's go, Glovers!"
It took local fans several years to convince themselves that Can-Am baseball
never would return.

The park was demolished in the mid-1960s for the Nichols Plaza Shopping
Center, and only the light towers remained as brooding, silent witnesses to what
had been, until they too were finally removed in the mid-1970s.
Glovers Park, Gloversville, New York
Glovers Park
Gloversville, New York
(Glovers Team Photos Courtesy of Tom Dworak)