Gandhi at the Bat!

Gandhi 001 BASEBALL FILM FESTIVAL IN WAXAHACHIE THIS WEEKEND, AUG. 14-16. Thanks to vintage 19th century base ballist Wendel Dickason, we are now advised of a benefit baseball film festival that is scheduled for the classic Tower Theatre in Waxahachie, Texas this coming Friday through Sunday, August 14-16. Proceeds from the event are all dedicated to the support of the Waxahachie High Shool baseball team.

Cost of this little trip back in time is nominal: The price is $5 per each of the three featured movies – or $10 for a three-day pass to all. Friday features Eight Men Out at 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM. The Saturday show is Bull Durham at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00 PM. The Sunday bill features Field of Dreams at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 pm. Each feature film will be preceded by a ten minute documentary entitled Gandhi at the Bat. Wendel Dickason will also be on hand all weekend to serve as your historical guide to the history of Waxahachie baseball, including information on the time way back there in 1919 when the little north Texas city served as the spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds “won” the World Series that year when they “defeated” the tainted Chicago Black Sox, five games to three.

For more information on the theater event and Gandhi at the Bat, check out these two websites:

It’s for a good cause, if you can make it. Besides, if you’re a baseball history fan, what better time could you find to visit the birthsite of the great Paul Richards, former major league catcher, manager, and the second general manager in the history of Houston major league baseball?

We also understand that Waxahachie is home to one of the world’s most haunted restaurants. I can’t remember the name of the place, but I recently learned about it on one of those little “ghost doc films” you find so easily on cable TV these days. I’ll bet Mr. Dickason can point all gastrospiritually inclined diners in the right direction at suppertime, once they reach town.

As for the notion of ┬áMahatma Gandhi ever playing baseball, that prospect may be as real as those cafe ghosts up there in Waxahachie. If Gandhi, indeed, played baseball, and based on his slight and slender body type, I’m guessing he had to be a middle infielder, and most probably a second baseman. I don’t think he had the arm to handle shortstop.

Enjoy your trip to Waxahachie, everybody!

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