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The importance of having a monument to celebrate the successful career of Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove in Lonaconing is a positive statement for the town, Lefty’s family, and the sport of baseball. Renowned sculptor Susan Luery will be providing her services, creating a statue to memorialize Lefty, in a park at the intersection of Union and Main streets in Lonaconing, Maryland. It is only fitting that a proper design for the park that will house the statue of Lefty is provided as well. The following proposal offers sketches that take design cues from various places Lefty played and also local architecture vernacular, all coming together to offer a cohesive design solution that will bring life to the town. The brick pillars offer a framework which houses a metal fence, harking back to the days when the public paid less than a dollar to watch America’s favorite pastime. The on axis approach offers a direct glimpse at what a batter would witness just after Lefty had delivered one of his infamous pitches. Two vertical signage piers frame the entrance at the batter’s box, offering information on Lefty’s life growing up in Lonaconing, a chronological history of his career, and life after baseball. The pathway around the statue will incorporate four pedestal style signage stations that will offer more in-depth information of various milestones in Lefty’s career. Each pedestal will have two sections, one with information about Lefty and the other with events that were significant during that particular time in history. This design will give a parallel to world events and offer a synopsis of Lefty’s career and how it related to history.

The bleachers offer a place for visitors to sit and reminisce, have lunch, watch a performance that utilizes the park space, or other various activities. Picnic tables have also been included to provide additional seating for town events that take place in the park, making it a multi-use space that offers various amenities.

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The park will be a very positive installation for the town of Lonaconing and a great tribute and memorial to a true athlete. Lefty was among the best and his numbers speak for themselves. I am happy to be a part of this Memorial Committee and offer my design services to help make this project a reality.

Zachary Klipstein Cumberland, Maryland Native | Graduate of Allegany High School Masters of Architecture | University of Maryland Son of Rebecca and Bill Klipstein of Cresaptown, Maryland

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Lefty Grove was born in the small coal mining town of Lonaconing, MD on March 6th, 1900. His father, John, worked in the mines. As a child, Lefty honed his baseball skills in games held at First Field, in the Charlestown section of Lonaconing. A fence paling or a stick was often called into service as a bat, and baseballs were usually home made from yarn wrapped around a piece of cork, and wrapped in tape. Lefty played in his first organized league with the nearby Midland team in 1919. Grove was recruited by the Martinsburg Mountaineers of the Class D Blue Ridge League in 1920, where he played only six games before being recruited by the Baltimore Orioles of the International League. Grove led the International League in strikeouts in each of his four full seasons with the Orioles, and the team won the pennant each year during Lefty’s tenure. In 1925, Lefty began his professional career in earnest, when he signed with the Philadelphia Athletics. He led the league in strikeouts in each of his first seven years in the American League. He won the very first American League MVP trophy ever awarded by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America in 1931, beating Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth to earn the award.

LEFTY GROVE PARK | CONCEPT DRAWINGS DESIGN BY CUMBERLAND NATIVE ZACHARY KLIPSTEIN

The Athletics appeared in three consecutive World Series from 1929-1931, winning the first two of them. Grove was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 1934, where he stayed for the remainder of his major league career, retiring at the end of the 1941 season. Lefty Grove returned to his hometown of Lonaconing each year, during the offseason. He lived there in retirement until his wife, Ethel, died in 1960. Lefty moved to Norwalk, OH in 1961, to live with his son and daughter in law. Grove died there on May 22nd, 1975, and is buried in Frostburg, MD. Lefty leaves behind a long list of distinguishing career accomplishments. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947. During baseball’s centennial celebration in 1969, he was named the left handed pitcher on the All Time All Star Team. In 1999, he was named to baseball’s All-Century Team. In the book Historical Baseball Abstract, author Bill James rated Lefty Grove as one of the twenty greatest players in baseball history. His accomplishments are a feat that may never be heard of again. With his staggering statistics and honorable tenure in the majors, Lefty leaves behind a legacy that is nothing short of remarkable.

LEFTY GROVE FACTS


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OVERAL SITE AERIAL


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SITE PLAN


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AERIAL FACING UNION STREET


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AERIAL FACING MAIN STREET


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FRONTAL VIEW FROM MAIN


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VIEW WEST FROM MAIN


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VIEW EAST FROM MAIN


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SIGNAGE DETAILS


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PRECEDENTS | AUTO ZONE PARK


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PRECEDENTS | DETAIL AT CAMDEN YARDS


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PRECEDENTS


Zachary Klipstein has been working with his hands for as long as he can remember. He has a list a mile long of projects he’s worked on with his dad right here in Cumberland, Maryland: from building a garage to fixing the car, to modifying an old lawnmower. Over the years, his parents have been an endless source of encouragement, teaching him to trust his intuition, problem solve, use his creativity, and build. Zach is a graduate of Allegany High School and went on to pursue a degree in architecture at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2006. After four years, he received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2010. He went back to fulfill his professional degree, a Master of Architecture, which he completed in May of 2012. Zach was heavily involved in the University of Maryland’s 2011 entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The project, entitled WaterShed, was a completely self sustaining home that delivered remarkable results in the competition, receiving accolades for first place in the overall competition and first place in architecture. More information on this project can be found at 2011.solarteam. org. Zach went on to develop his thesis proposal, Ball[park]: Urban Reprogramming in an Existing

Infrastructure, which centered around the idea of incorporating the Historic Footer Dyeworks Building at Canal Place into a proposal that hinged around a minor league baseball stadium. The new master plan for the stadium proposes a connection to the historic downtown with the historic Canal Place area, with various forms of amenities along the way. The ball park would be a multi-purpose facility that could be used all year round. Zach currently works for Torti Gallas and Partners in Silver Spring, MD. He is the son of John (Bill) and Rebecca Klipstein of Cresaptown, Maryland.

LEFTY GROVE PARK | CONCEPT DRAWINGS DESIGN BY CUMBERLAND NATIVE ZACHARY KLIPSTEIN

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