Coll presented to council the deed assigning the property to PBRL officials by former property owner M & R Industries after manufacturer A.P. deSanno closed down Phoenixville operations in July of 1983.

Coll also handed each council member a photocopy of the Monday, May 7, 1984 Evening Phoenix, which featured archived work by current Phoenix staff photographer Barry Taglieber and an article by present day Phoenix sportswriter Barry Sankey.

The1984 front page photo depicts the transfer of the deed for the property between a representative of M & R and a representative of the PBRL.

Coll stated to council that Sankey's article, along with a photo copy of the deed, should assure council members that the ballplayers own the site.

"Sunday afternoon deSanno Field officially became the property of the local organization as the PBRL started its 33rd season at Wheatland and Mason streets," wrote Sankey in 1984. "Phoenixville Borough Council decided the league should assume rights to the field."

Coll also said that a small part of the ballfield was controlled by Pennrose Properties, operators of a nearby senior care center, and that Pennrose officials had recently agreed to give the PBRL permission, or a perpetual easement, to use the Pennrose portion of the property as long as it remains a baseball field.

"We want to protect the assets of the organization and maximize value," said Coll.

The matter of change in ownership of the former Phoenix Steel property to Phoenix Property Group (PPG), had raised the question of the ballfield's ownership in the minds of some.

PPG had proposed construction of a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) roadway at French Creek Center, as part of the 127-acre development of retail, commercial and residential property at the former steel site.

Plans call for a lane of the PennDOT roadway, or the French Creek Parkway, to cross deSanno Field.

Coll talked about the advantages of all concerned parties working together to insure that the ballplayers, if relocated, don't miss a game.

"The development of the downtown is for the betterment of the community and we want to be involved," said Coll.

Borough Manager Don Edwards told Coll, and almost a dozen PBRL supporters in the audience, that "Things are not serious."

"PennDOT and the borough are watching out for your best interests," said Edwards. "This issue is between the builder and the Babe Ruth League."

Councilman John Messina (D- North) assured Coll that council was aware of the field's ownership.

"As long as I'm sitting here, I'm not going to let anything happen," said Messina.

PPG representative John MacPhee was contacted on Wednesday and said that ownership of deSanno Field "had never been a question" and that funds were already set aside as part of the cost of constructing the French Creek Parkway by PennDOT to relocate the PBRL.

"No one has any mindset for taking the field and leaving them out in the cold," said MacPhee. "We want to insure that they have an uninterrupted place to go."

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