Roxbury Nine opens its ninth season with fun and food event at Public

Just can’t wait for summertime, sunshine, BBQ and baseball? The Roxbury Nine vintage baseball champs are chomping at the bit too. On Saturday afternoon, April 19 from 2 to 6 p.m., they’re commandeering the grill at the Public Lounge on Roxbury’s Bridge Street, roasting up some fun to give us all a taste of summertime.
“We love our baseball players and they can really grill, too,” said Public Lounge proprietor Jill Healy. “We’ll put some baseball action on the big screen, leave the infielders in charge of the barbecue, and make sure the Pabst is cold.”
The Town of Roxbury’s surrey will be out and about and guests can hop on board for a ride at $1 per minute. In the late afternoon, event organizers will try out a unique and unorthodox “sponsorship” auction for fun. Team memorabilia, like T-shirts, base ball hats and neoprene can “jerseys” to keep your beverages of choice cool will be on offer. There’s no cover charge to attend.
“Our theme this season is ‘the best of the past is coming home again,’” said team manager Peg Ellsworth. “We’re heading into our ninth season, and we’ll be playing a lot of home games, so our local fans and visitors can see plenty of base ball action all summer long.”
The addition of a new vintage team in the neighborhood, the Fleischmanns’ Mountain Athletic Club, gives both clubs many more opportunities to play without traveling. The Nine will open its home season on Saturday, May 17 in Roxbury’s Kirkside Park and will play on both Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend in Fleischmanns’ historic ball park. The two teams will also meet in Oneonta’s Damaske Field on July 4.
The Nine and the MAC will meet at least six times this summer before the Harry M. Keator Vintage Base Ball Tournament in Labor Day weekend.‚ÄÇ
“There is one really exciting trip in store for the Nine this year: we’ve been invited to the Vintage Base Ball Federation’s World Series in Westfield, MA,” said Ellsworth. “We’ll keep updates on our website during the series. Visit www.roxburyny.com for schedules, information and player bios. Or call 607 326-3722 for more information.