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Winfield Plaza

Woodside Ave., 69 St., the BQE


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

Reverend Matthew J. Crosson (1908-1986) was born in Greenwich Village. He moved to Woodside when he was eighteen years old in 1926, was ordained in 1934 and began working in the Bronx soon thereafter. From 1941 to 1946, Crosson served as an Army chaplain in the South Pacific where he won several citations for his remarkable bravery and devotion. After World War II, Crosson returned to the United States and held several pastorates throughout the New York City area. He was the pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Highland Mills, New York, from 1964 until 1968, when he died. People all over New York affectionately referred to him as “the baseball priest” because of his long-standing associations with youth athletic leagues.

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