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March 14, 2016
BENEFITING: Friends of the Madrid Ballpark
Donate to this cause to restore a historic ballpark and help a small arts community build an athletic program for thier families. Madrid, New Mexico is unique in many ways, none as important as the historic Madrid Ballpark, a WPA historic site. Home to the Madrid Miners for over 100 years, the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark is one of the last remaining historic ballparks in the United States. It served as home to a minor league team of the Chicago White Sox called the Madrid Miners. Thomas Edison helped build the first electronic score board for the team, and the field was known far and wide for the outstanding Christmas display complete with Pinocchio, Ferris Wheel and toy train . Some say that Walt Disney visited Madrid and was inspired to build Disneyland including the flying Tinkerbell based on the Christmas angle that soared over the field. Today the Madrid Ballpark is owned by the towns people of Madrid, which was transformed from a mining town to an art community in the 1970s. Madrid and the surrounding area is not rich, with a medium income just over $24k per year. Many young families live in the town of Madrid, about 20 miles from Santa Fe. The Madrid Ballpark serves as the only space for young and old to enjoy playing baseball, soccer and even basketball. The field is in desperate need of repair, lacking any type of infield, and the children's athletic program is need of equipment and supplies. By donating to this cause you are preserving a piece of our American heritage and allowing families to teach their kids, through sports, how to live healthier and more productive lifestyles.