Alvah Crocker and the Early Years
Legend has it that Charlotte Crocker asked her husband, Alvah, to build a field where their son and other children could play safely. That simple request planted the seed that would become Crocker Field. Planning and design began in 1917. Crocker Field has seen multiple generations of families participating in different out-of-door sports and contests, thus fulfilling the wishes of Mr. Crocker, expressed in a letter to the City of Fitchburg dated January 1, 1917: "In my opinion the public schools of the city require an adequate field in which the different out-of-door sports and contests, which count so much in the physical and moral development of our boys, can be held." Alvah Crocker hired the Olmsted Brothers Landscaping and Design Firm of Brookline, MA to design his "field of dreams.".