HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — The new Majestic Park Baseball Complex was checked out during the weekend by someone who should know whether the new facility is up to par.

Baseball Hall of Fame member Lee Smith was vacationing in Hot Springs and decided to stop by the new facility, which is nearing completion at Carson and Belding streets.

Smith’s visit was appropriate since Majestic Park stands on the site where man of his fellow Hall of Famers played and trained in the early years of the 20th Century when Hot Springs was in the process of becoming The Birthplace of Major League Spring Training.

He got a guided tour of the five-field complex by Assistant Manager John Muldoon and Visit Hot Springs CEO Steve Arrison and was impressed by the facilities, Arrison said.

“When a Hall of Famer says your baseball facilities are impressive, you have to believe you have a good thing going for the citizens of Hot Springs,” Arrison said. “If Lee Smith says the fields are good, we should be proud of our city for building this great complex.”

Smith was one of the best relief pitchers who ever played the game for the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. He attended the groundbreaking for Majestic Park last year during Hot Springs Baseball Weekend.

For more information call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.

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