Fundraiser Gives Fans a Chance to Etch Their Names at Crocker Field
By Chad Garner
Special to the Sentinel & Enterprise
FITCHBURG -- There’s no doubt that historic Crocker Field is a gem in the city.
The beautiful complex, however, desperately needs restoration and upkeep.
That’s why the Crocker Field Restoration Committee was formed, and why raising money is so important to help preserve this historic landmark that means so much to the Fitchburg community.
“The Crocker Field Restoration Committee was formed 17 years ago with the sole goal being to raise money to restore and (maintain) this historic landmark,” said CFRC Vice President Ray Cosenza, who is also Fitchburg High School’s athletic director and head baseball coach. “The committee is made up of an extremely committed group of volunteers, many of which are (alumni), and they have dedicated themselves to improving Crocker Field so that it will be available to our youth for years to come.”
The committee’s latest fundraiser is the Crocker Field Brick Walkway project.
There are two options to consider when purchasing a brick.
There’s a 4x8-inch red brick for $50 that can feature three lines of letters (14 characters per line, which includes spaces and punctuation) for inscription, or an 8x8-inch gray granite for $100 that can feature up to six lines of lettering for inscription.
The brick walkway will be placed inside the main entrance to Crocker Field on Circle Street.
“Besides being a great way to raise money for our cause at Crocker Field, the finished project will be a beautiful upgrade to how our main entrance looks,” Cosenza said. “It will be the first thing people sees when they enter Crocker Field.”
Anyone who has a tie to Fitchburg High or Crocker Field may want to purchase a brick, says Cosenza.
“I believe that every alum will have interest in purchasing a brick, especially those athletes who competed there,” he said. “It is a relatively inexpensive way to support a great cause. And most (alumni) have a personal connection with Crocker Field, whether it be through athletics, band, the relays or graduation.”
With the help of Boston Red Sox in-house artist Mark Waitkus, who created four Crocker Field watercolors, the CFRC raised more than $6,000 by selling his individually signed prints.
“We have sold over 300 prints to date and still have more for sale,” Cosenza said.
Cosenza says that Crocker Field is still the gem of the city.
“It is 100 years old and has so much rich history and tradition within its gates,” he said. “Our only goal is to maintain this historic landmark so that generations to come may enjoy this wonderful venue. Its beauty, architecture and layout is one-of-a-kind, and we are so fortunate to have it located here in our great city. As the athletic director of the Fitchburg Public Schools and a member of the CFRC, I feel it is my duty to continue the charge of restoring Crocker to its original beauty.”
If you would like to purchase a red or gray granite brick, checks can be made payable to: Crocker Field Restoration Committee. They can be mailed to the Crocker Field Brick Project, 140 Arn How Farm Road, Fitchburg, MA, 01420.
For more information, contact the FHS athletic department at 978-345-3245 or Athletic Director Ray Cosenza at email@example.com .