Beaudry Park Fields and Athletic Facilities Renamed to Honor Local Youth Baseball Advocates
The Cortland City Council has approved renaming the athletic complex and baseball field at Beaudry Park to recognize two local men who were strong advocates of youth baseball. The athletic facility will be named after a former City DPW Chief who built the park and the field will be renamed after a well known local coach.
In a unanimous vote last night, city leaders approved renaming the facilities at Beaudry Park after former City DPW Chief Ray Reilly and the baseball field after local baseball coach Greg Partigianoni.
Partigianoni was a 1975 graduate of Cortland High, he attended then-SUNY Binghamton and played baseball there. He was a coach at his alma mater, as well as SUNY Cortland and Ohio State.
Greg received his Masters while also working with the Buckeyes program and the Columbus Clippers of the International League.
Partigianoni was the first head coach of the Cortland Apples Baseball team, and was pitching coach at Cornell under the late head coach Ted Thoren and had been hand-selected by Thoren to replace him as head coach in 1991. Sadly Partigianoni passed away on Oct. 6, 1990.
Following his death, family and friends established the Greg Partigianoni scholarship at Cortland, after several years the "Friends of Greg" committee decided to create a more memorable tribute to Partigianoni and petitioned the city to rename the Beaudry baseball field in his honor
Longtime Cortland High Baseball Coach and youth advocate John Tobin says the renaming effort is also being used to make improvements to the field. The committee is giving the city $35 thousand dollars to update dugouts at the field, replace fencing, safety updates, and rehabilitation of the field itself.
The field updates are coming as a new NCAA summer college team is being put together. The Cortland Crush will be part of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, a wood-bat summer league for college players. The team will play its home games at Beaudry Park.
The team’s name is also a tribute to Partigianoni, whose nickname was 'Crusher.'
Tobin says in looking to update and rename the field, the committee thought it was only fair to officially recognize the man who made the beloved field a reality. Tobin says Ray Reilly is the force the developed and created Beaudy Park.
Tobin expects the field improvements will begin in the spring to be ready in time for the new summer league play.