The Raton Osos is a member of the Pecos Independent League. They play at Gabriele Field that was dedicated to Nardi Gabriele in June 1996. This is a city park and the infield is not in the best of condition. The altitude of the park is 6670 feet. The field is adjacent to the old National Guard Armory that has been converted into the Raton Convention Center. The Osos were playing the Douglas Diablos and beat them 7-5. The box score was Diablos R-5, H-10, E-2 and Osos R-7, H-12, E-4. The field lines were RF-325', RC-355', CF--375', LC-355', & LF-325'. No tickets were sold because it was thought that the game would be rained out. It wasn't. There was a donation for parking. Metal bleachers without backs are provided in three areas. Previously there had been a game change for this date. The umpires were not rescheduled by the league commissioner. This has happened four times according to some local fans that I spoke with. When this has happened in the past they have had some local high school baseball players umpire, but they were not available tonight. So they got a young man out of the stands to umpire. He stood behind the pitcher since he didn't have any protective gear. Usually they have two umpires. Attendance was less than 75, but the fans know the Oso players by name and are very supportive of them. While at the game Jim met Jim Jones and Tim Chambers. Jim has written four books about his travels to Ballparks Across America. It was interesting talking about our experiences. Jim hasn't been able to connect with any management personnel at any of the ballparks to try to get a league baseball. There were several young girls by the Convention Center and one had picked up a foul ball. He walked over to them and asked to see the ball. It was an official league ball, so he offered the girl $5 for it and an exchange was made. The ball is slightly different from other league balls in that it has an additional stamp on it that says Pecos League. This team folded at the end of the 2014 season.
Raton Museum has photographs, household articles, railroad and coal camp memorabilia and other items depict 19th century live. Free