Vintage teams "play ball" on Saturday
Roxbury — Summer’s coming early to Roxbury’s Kirkside Park, where three Delaware County vintage baseball clubs will launch a season of summer fun and fierce competition on Saturday, May 22.
At noon, a doubleheader begins with the veteran Roxbury Nine facing the hard-hitting battery of the Bovina Dairymen. Then the Nine will take on their neighborly rivals from Fleischmanns, the Mountain Athletic Club.
The historic Kirkside Park has been “home plate” to town ball games since the late 1890s, and once again, as in days of yore, spectators will hear the crack of a ball against a real wooden bat, taste a real dog dripping with mustard and relish, and see some of the finest, most exciting baseball fielding and hitting they’ve witnessed since childhood. With three active teams in the area, the Delaware County Vintage Baseball League will keep the games coming all summer long.
All three teams have revived the art of baseball as it was played in the 1890s, and just like decades ago, the Nine, the Dairymen and the MAC are composed of local tradesmen, professionals, farmers and teachers who share a love of the game in its purest form.
There will be a doubleheader in Fleischmanns’ Wagner Avenue Park on Saturday, May 29, as part of the village’s Memorial Day Weekend all-day celebration and street fair.