LITTLE LEAGUE: Skippack's Palmer Park was designed to pay homage to Superior Tube

SKIPPACK — When the best Little League teams in the state converge on Palmer Park this week for the 2014 Little League Baseball Pennsylvania State Tournament, the players, coaches and fans will be made to feel welcome by the organizers and officials at one of the top facilities in the area.

But as Bruce Pluta will attest, it’s a facility that did not exist in its present form as recently as 10 years ago.

The year was 1995, and the Lower Perkiomen Little League was happily ensconced at the baseball complex on the premises of Superior Tube, a small diameter tube manufacturer on Germantown Pike in Collegeville.

By most accounts, the fields behind Superior Tube were home to a form of baseball nirvana, a unique complex that inherently injected its own special atmosphere into the contests played on its ballfields.

To play at Superior Tube was to be part of a long-standing tradition that just didn’t seem to exist at other Little League facilities.

But by 2003 that tradition was in serious jeopardy.

It was during the 2003 season that Superior Tube notified the Lower Perk Little League that the 2004 baseball season would be the last at the complex. It was rumored that Superior Tube was in negotiations to sell the land that housed the baseball complex to developers.

But for whatever reason, the Lower Perk Little League was going to be without a home.

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