The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 15, 2013

Story, photo bound for pro baseball Hall of Fame

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

DANVILLE — The Danville News is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

A picture and story featuring Sarah Jane “Salty” Ferguson will be placed in the hall, Danville Borough Council member Betty Ann Moyer announced at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Ferguson was the keynote speaker for the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Annual Conference May 5-8 in Hershey. Moyer serves as president of the association and presided over the conference.

Ferguson, of the Orangeville area, was in Danville on March 11 to meet with Moyer and others from the association about the conference and exhibition.

She plans to place the story and photo, by reporter Karen Blackledge, in the hall of fame, Moyer said. “I’m very thrilled,” said Moyer, who appeared in the picture with Ferguson and association staff members.

The theme of the conference was “The American Dream.”

Ferguson began her career at age 7 as a bat girl with a local men’s baseball team. She played for the Rockford peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1953-54.

She appeared in the movie “A League of Their Own” and has attended the opening of the girls’ professional league exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

She has served as grand marshal at numerous parades and has opened many ball games from Little League to AAA pro-baseball.

Moyer also showed a video about Danville which was seen at the conference. It features a number of people from Danville, including Moyer.

The video shows the Susquehanna River as a valuable resource to the borough, Danville as rolling more iron than anywhere else in the U.S. in 1850, Danville the home of the first T-rail, the Geisinger Health System as the largest employer in the Susquehanna Valley, Danville State Hospital as the oldest psychiatric hospital in Pennsylvania and the Iron Heritage Festival held every July.

As a representative on the association board, Moyer said she’s seen many videos about towns. “This one is great,” she said.

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