News in Cortland NY

Softball Field To Be Named for Longtime Umpire/ City Alderman Jim Partigianoni

James “Parge” PartigianoniThe Cortland Youth Bureau and the East End Community Center have announced plans to re-name the softball field at Dexter Park after longtime City Councilman, umpire, and friend to baseball and softball, James “Parge” Partigianoni. The dedication of the field and the unveiling of the new sign will take place at this year’s “Old Timers Game” on Wednesday, July 16th at Dexter Park in Cortland. The Old Timers Game is an annual tradition in Cortland, sponsored by the Cortland Men’s Fast Pitch Softball Association, and features players from the Men’s League squaring off against the old timers (players who started softball in Cortland).

According to one of the game organizers, Mike Dexter, the Old Timers Game presented the perfect venue to dedicate the sign and re-name the field after Parge, a man who had umpired baseball and softball for over 55 years, and was beloved by many in the community. The event will begin with a performance by the Cortland Old Timers Band beginning at 6:00pm. The dedication of the field will take place beginning at 7:00pm. The first pitch for the Old Timers Game will be thrown out by Teddy McGraw, Parge’s grandson, at approximately 7:30 pm. There will be hot dogs and soda available for purchase, and a display encompassing Parge’s life and contributions to the Cortland community. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call the Cortland Youth Bureau at (607) 753-3021.