Center Field in the Grafton Town Center

From Neal J. Riley at on August 15:

Now the Grafton Historical Society is trying to learn more about the field that the Red Sox played on that day that was also home to an amateur baseball team known as the “Graftons.”

An 1899 atlas places the “Base Ball Ground” on the present-day Perrault property, a 12-acre piece of land at 4 and 6 Upton St. that was purchased by the town of Grafton for $837,875 last month.

“I think there’s some baseball history here,” said John LaPoint, a member of the society’s History and Research Committee.

With the help of the Society of American Baseball Research, the Grafton Historical Society has tracked play on the ball grounds back to August of 1860, almost a year before the Civil War.

LaPoint believes that the Graftons played up until about 1910 on the grounds, which according to old newspaper records researched by the society may have been called “Hassanamisco Park.”

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Originally published: August 17, 2011. Last Updated: August 17, 2011.