Needles, CA: Getting To Know Our Community: Franz Flowers Baseball Field.
ZachNews is getting to know our community, with help by the great volunteers at the Needles Regional Museum.
Today we’re checking out Franz Flowers Baseball Field, located off J Street near Civic Center Drive in Needles, California.
The field was named after Franz Flowers, who was born in 1904 in Beaumont, Texas.
Between 1930’s-1940’s: Franz worked for the Santa Fe railroad as a fireman/engineer in Winslow, Arizona and in Bakersfield, California.
In 1944, Franz transferred to the rail yard in Needles, California.
In 1950, Franz became involved with youth sports, especially baseball.
In 1952, Franz helped organize Needles City PONY (Protect Our Nation’s Youth) League baseball for boys from 15 years old to 17 years old. Franz negotiated with Whiting Bros. oil company in Williams AZ for a backfield fence for the ball field.
Between 1950-1958, Franz was an “avid” supporter and fund-raiser for baseball League equipment; uniforms for the players; enlisted coaches and managers for the teams and all around help in general.
In 1958, Franz passed away in Needles, California.
Today, the field named after Franz Flowers is used by children of all ages, including for softball games with students from Needles High School and kids with the Colorado River Area Girls Softball (C.R.A.G.S.), as well as for flag football with kids from the Needles Recreation Center.
Franz Flowers Baseball Field is adjacent to Nikki Bunch Memorial field, named for 16 year old Nikki Lee Bunch.
** Want to know more about our community of Needles, California? **
Please make a visit inside the Needles Regional Museum, located at 929 Front Street near G Street, in Downtown Needles, California.
The Needles Regional Museum is opened from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT Monday through Saturday.
Thanks to the great volunteers at the Needles Regional Museum, and we hope you all enjoyed getting to know our community.
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