Ever wonder who keeps Motor Mile Field at Calfee Park in such goo shape? Pulaski Yankees groundskeeper Gary Martin is the answer.
“I care about it 100 percent. I grew up with it. Playing on it. I always want to take care of it and make it look nice,” says Martin.
Martin has been working at Calfee Park for 50 years. When he started he was manually changing the scoreboard for 5 dollars an hour, while also tending to the grounds. For Martin working at Calfee Park is more than just a job.
“That’s my family I mean my whole life really. It’s my home I mean I stay here more than I do at my home.”
His baseball family gave him one of the biggest honors in the game. They presented him with his own bobble-head.
“I didn’t expect that, I knew they were going to make a bobble-head. I didn’t expect I’d get attention with it. I just thought they’d make it and give it out but it was something,” explains Martin.
For Martin grounds-keeping has always been a family affair.
“I got my son helping me here, my oldest Michael Martin. I’m breaking him in. In other words. Hopefully he’ll stick around you know.”
Martin doesn’t plan to give him his job anytime soon. But the question is will Martin stay for another 50 years.
“Sure if they let me. I don’t have anything else to do except hang around a ballpark and fix it for the next game. There’s always another game.”
It’s America’s pastime and Martin’s pride and joy.