Starfires Summer Classic comes to Springfield in July

Reminiscing on his own baseball heyday as a catcher in the John L. Sullivan Sandlot League and later for the High School of Commerce, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno recalled what it meant to play a game at Forest Park’s Walker Memorial Grandstand. “As a kid, when you had a game at [Forest Park’s] diamond No. 1, it was something special. You felt like you were playing in the major leagues,” he said. The mayor teased he may have to come out or retirement to don the “tools of ignorance” once more as the park plays host to a special event on the diamond, featuring players with big league aspirations.

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