On June 2, 1947, The Philadelphia Phillies came to the Egypt Park to play the Egypt team of the old Twilight League. They came to entice Curt Simmons, a 17 year old Whitehall High School pitcher from Main Street in Egypt, to play for the Phillies. Curt Simmons went on to a 20 year career with the Phillies, Cardinals, Cubs and Angels, winning the World Series with the Cardinals in 1964. This game put the new Egypt Memorial Park on the map. The park was officially dedicated as a living memorial to the men and women of World War II on June 6, 1948.
On June 2, 2012 the town of Egypt will host a festival honoring this event which will feature Curt Simmons himself and other Phillies legends.
The day begins at 10:00 with a parade down Main Street of Egypt. The parade’s Grand Marshall will be Curt Simmons and will feature Dallas Green, Larry Shenk and Phillies legends.
A ceremony, dedicating the newly rebuilt field as “Simmons Field” will be held at 11:30 at the park.
Egypt Park’s Starters Orioles of the Blue Mountain League will take
to the field at 1 pm.
The afternoon air will be filled with music, and one of the Lehigh Valley’s best bands, The Aardvarks, will take the stage from 6 to 10 pm.
FOOD & BEVERAGES
Food will be served by Geakers Tacos. Menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, cheesesteaks, tacos, french fries, pierogies, shaved ice and more. Beer, soft drinks and water will be sold.
The inside pavilion will feature baseball memorabilia of Curt Simmons and the history of baseball at Egypt Park.
For more information, visit: www.egyptpark.org