Parkhurst Plaque Turns Up Missing

A plaque honoring a member of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is missing from Bergman Park.

The Lyle Parkhurst plaque has vanished from behind the concession stand at the Cal Ripken Field, said John Williams, city parks manager. The small plaque was installed at the park more than five years ago to honor a longtime youth baseball umpire for the Jamestown area.

”I hate to see it missing because he was a retired umpire who worked with kids for years and years,” Williams said.

Williams said he didn’t know when the plaque was stolen, but suspects children pried it off and took it. Anyone with information about what happened to the plaque is asked to call the city Parks Department at 483-7554.

Parkhurst was born and lived in Jamestown all his life and is one of the few pitchers ever to jump from junior high school into professional baseball when he signed with the Jamestown Falcons of the PONY League in 1941. He was a member of the Jamestown championship teams of 1941 and 1942.

In Buffalo with the International League in 1943, Parkhurst compiled a 1-3 record. He then came back to Jamestown in 1944 and notched a 20-10 record. He returned to Buffalo in 1945 and had an 11-5 record. Thereafter he pitched for Asheville, N.C., in the Class B Tri-State League; Pueblo, Colo., of the Western League; back in the Tri-State League with Rock Hill, S.C.; and finally with Olean in the PONY League before retiring in 1951.

Parkhurst worked two years as an umpire in the PONY League. He also umpired locally for high school, Muny and County League games. He also officiated basketball. He umpired in the Babe Ruth World Series as well. Parkhurst was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 1982. He died in 2005.