Sandlots, Cow Pastures & Kenny Hayner

For decades, aspiring young baseball players played on sandlots, in cow pastures, or any place they could find an open area where they wouldn’t be breaking too many windows.  One of these aspiring players was Keny Hayner of Halfmoon, New York.  Hayner grew up on a dairy farm where there was plenty of space to play. Kenny, his brothers and friends built their own baseball diamond which even had a makeshift backstop.  They mowed the infield with their dad’s mower.  The barbed wire cow fence was the homerun fence in left field.  They played baseball all summer,  day after day, until the cows came home (no pun intended).  In his later years, Hayner played for Shenendehowa and Siena College.  He also played professionally.This was followed by a managing stint with a team in the Albany Twilight League and as the coach of Hartwick College. Hayner and his brother Norm recently completed their 21st year in business together as the operaters of Hayner Brothers Baseball Academy which is located across the road from the house they grew up in.

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