Legions of fans at Gill for the last 100 years
Six years after the American Legion held its first national tournament, "Little World Series" came to Manchester for the first time, with New Orleans defeating Springfield, Mass., for the national title. Athletic Field, later to become Gill Stadium, was such a popular venue that the series would return there on four more occasions.
The grandson of 19th century major-league pitcher John "Phenomenal" Smith, George Smith was a standout local athlete in the 1940s and remained active in city athletics as a coach and administrator, including as Sweeney Post's director of athletics from 1977-2012. Smith, who died earlier this year, was a devoted city servant who spent eight years on the Board of Mayor and Alderman representing Ward 10, but he was synonymous with Gill Stadium and Sweeney Post, located just beyond the ballpark's right-field fence.
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