Roxbury Nine, Bovina Dairymen to step up to the plate for a worthy cause

Roxbury — As part of the Roxbury Sidewalk Festival, the Roxbury Nine will square off with the Bovina Dairymen in Roxbury’s Kirkside Park on Saturday, July 4 at 11 a.m.
But, there will be something very different about this particular vintage match. In fact, in the seventh-inning stretch, the clocks will fast forward from 1898 to July 4th 1939—the year Lou Gehrig delivered his history making speech to the world. It was the early summer of that year that Gehrig, the stoic Yankee first baseman was diagnosed with ALS —amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—a disease that was unknown at the time, but would ultimately bear his name.
Over the past year Major league Baseball has partnered with four major non-profit organizations to raise funds for ALS research, patient services, and public education. The national fund-raising campaign will culminate in recitation of this timeless speech at major league ballparks where games are being played on July 4th, the 70th anniversary of the famed Gehrig speech. Gehrig’s courage and ability to find the good in a bad situation have inspired countless others.
With this in mind, the Roxbury Nine and the Bovina Dairymen have partnered with the MARK Project in a similar effort to help raise funds for the NY Chapter of the ALS Association.
“In the seventh-inning stretch, HB Bray of the Bovina Dairymen will deliver the timeless and heart wrenching speech to what we hope will be a large audience of baseball fans and supporters,” says Peg Ellsworth, director of MARK. “Allfree will donations made during the game will go directly to the NY chapter of the ALS Association” adds Ellsworth.
“Fans will also have the opportunity to pledge a dollar amount for each hit made by their favorite team,” she noted.
Players will be wearing a red armband in honor of Gehrig and first base will be marked with the 4ALS logo. “So get on out to the ball field on Saturday, July 4th and help our hometown boys of summer “cover all the bases” in an effort to raise funds for the NY Chapter of the ALS Association.
For more information about vintage baseball or the upcoming benefit, call Peg Ellsworth at 845 586-3500.