Heritage Park in Colonie

Heritage Park in Colonie has been the home to the Albany-Colonie A’s, Albany-Colonie Yankees, and the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs.  It also has served as the home of the Siena College football team and has hosted the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Baseball Championship.  The park was built in 1982.  It was just a few years after East Field, 45 miles up the northway, was built.  It was a better facility.  The covered grandstand behind the plate was much larger, and it had an elevated press box.  The park seated 5,500.  The first team it was home to was the Albany-Colonie A’s, a Double A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.  In 1985, the New York Yankees’ Double A Albany-Colonie Yankees moved in and left in 1994.  They were followed by the Diamond Dogs of the Northeast Baseball League.  The Diamond Dogs were 52-18 in 1995 under manager Doc Edwards.  They drew the best crowds in the six-team league.  The Adirondack Lumberjacks beat the Diamond Dogs two games to one in the championship series for the league title.  A number of players then moved on to major league clubs.  Pitcher of the Year, Jeff Letourneau, whose 1.5 earned run average was a league record, was aquired by the New York Yankees.  Heritage Park has seen the Siena baseball team win three straight MAAC championships (1995-1997).  In football, the Saints have played their home games at Heritage Park, and  Reggie Greene was a two-time All-American.

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