Vintage baseball doubleheader Saturday gets folks into the swing of summer
Bloomville — The Rocky Crest Farm in Bloomville brings its own “field of dreams” to life this Saturday, June 19 as the Delaware County Vintage Baseball League swings amid the cornfields and pastures, just like their ancestors did more than 100 years ago.
The rules of 1890s baseball will be strictly observed down on the farm as the veteran Roxbury Nine face the fierce battery of the Bovina Dairymen at high noon. After that game, the Mountain Athletic Club (M.A.C.) of Fleischmanns will face off with another “MAC” team — the ballists of Milford, who have not been in flannel for more than 40 years. This splendid display of sportsmanship and grit makes a great Father’s Day weekend gift (that costs nothing!) and one the whole family will truly relish.
There will be plenty of pops out there swinging away, because all these vintage ball teams are composed entirely of volunteers from the area’s small hamlets: builders, teachers, carpenters and businessmen who suit up in their baggy flannels for the glorious cause of “baseball,” played without any fancy equipment, (only the catcher gets a glove). All these teams follow the customs of late 19th-century rulebooks, with absolutely no backtalk to the umpire permitted. There’ll be plenty of ballpark fare to keep the “cranks” (that would be you fans) fortified and cheering.
With the baseball season well underway, the veteran Roxbury team has taken some injuries. The Bovina players are still the rookies on the circuit, which may make 2010 a banner year for Fleischmanns, as the MAC has grown in technique and power for several years now. The introduction of the distant Milford cousins throws a true wildcard into the lineup, but you can bet there are a few scores to settle among all these friendly but fierce rivals.
Admission is free but donations are graciously accepted and will benefit the Bloomville United Methodist Church.
Rocky Crest Farm is located at 2574 Crowe Road: from state Route 10 in Bloomville, turn north on county Route 33 and after half-a-mile, turn left onto Crowe Road, the farm is approximately 2.5 miles up Crowe Road. The Delaware County Vintage Baseball League teams are funded in part by the A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, the Pasternak Family Foundation, the Eleanor Naylor Dana Charitable Trust, A. J. Signorile, chairperson; and sponsored by the towns of Bovina and Roxbury and the Village of Fleischmanns, with technical assistance provided by The MARK Project. Map and directions at www.delcovintagebb.org or call 586-3500.