Vintage Ball in Sealy on a Great April Saturday

A Good Time Was Had By All. Sealy, Texas Saturday, April 9, 2016

A Good Time Was Had By All.
Sealy, Texas
Saturday, April 9, 2016

A good time was had by all who ventured fifty miles west of Houston today to the Sealy, Texas Spring Festival and Vintage Baseball Games. The Houston Babies and the Barker Red Sox made the trip this year to enjoy the day and to introduce the vintage game to the new Sealy club. We don’t know if they have an official name, as of yet, but one of their players was wearing a Kansas City Royals cap. We found out as the day wore on that the Sealy group were all members of the local Knights of Columbus chapter. That was the easy part. In lieu of vintage uniforms, the Sealy club all wore modernly styled Knights of Columbus tee shirts that will work fine until their 19th century style uniforms arrive.

Bob Copus and his Barker Red Sox were resplendent in their pure as the white of a driven snow uniforms. It was the perfect background for the Patriotic red lettering, cap ringing, and red sox. They all looked as though they had grown up as neighborhood members of the sacred Fenway Temple in Boston, but Manager Bob Copus is the only one we know who reasonably qualifies on that score.At least, he spent his early years in the Boston area as a rabid Boston Red Sox fan.

Unfortunately, prior commitments kept the Katy Combine from joining us again today and the newly forming Motor City Strikers could not make a full team appearance in spite of the all out efforts of former Houston Babies pitcher and new Motor City manager, Bob Blair to get them there.

Like all other social formations we humans create, the same rules apply to starting a new vintage base ball club: No one has the limitless ability to roll a rock up hill forever. People either get the idea – or they don’t. And the joy of its sandlot days soul-based similarity – and the notions of fun, freedom, and hope for the future – all of these blessings and more – that came so naturally to us as kids – now belong only to those who are willing to show up and find out for themselves – is this sort of thing still fun for me, or not?

As a result, the three clubs on hand used the morning session of about an hour and a half each to scrimmage without a scoring plan – using an unusual, but quite workable substitute plan of Houston Babies manager, Bob Dorrill.

2 of the 3 "BOB" Managers Bob Dorrill of the Houston Babies and Bob Copus of the Barker Red Sox go over the special rules governing today's 3-team scrimmage. Manager Bob Striker of the Motown Strikers Couldn't be here today. April 9, 2016

After lunch, Managers Bob Dorrill of the Babies and Bob Copus of the Red Sox went over the round rules prior to their scored game.

In today’s scrimmage, each team took a time at bat in each inning of play. Each club all played a rotating plan each inning that allowed each of them to have one time at bat, one time in the field, and one time on the bench – per inning. The Babies have been playing vintage ball since 2008, but the Red Sox and Sealy clubs are both new to the really old 1860 rules game for the first time in 2016. It was a great day for getting a feel by experience of the rule differences involved in playing the game this way.

The day could not have been better, weather wise. Fifty miles west of Houston, we picked up the edge of a mild cool front that blew through our shaded dugout at the nicely manicured and fenced Sealy ballpark. The breeze felt good, but never chilled. And the winds on high provided us with a moving picture of various textured gray clouds that kept breaking into finger-lake skies of blue on the eastern horizon.

At lunch, those of us in uniform ate free at the festival center, one that came complete with a stage, lunch tables, a dance floor, and a great sounding Mariachi band. Some of the little kids at the festival even got out there and danced the noon lunch hour away to the quick beat of numbers like “The Mexican Hat Dance.” Our lunch choices weren’t fancy, but neither are we. Hamburgers and hot dogs worked to our game break tastes just fine. Of course, outside the main hall, local crafts people and cooks had all kinds of sweet treats and curio stuff for sale.

In the only afternoon scored game, the veteran club Babies defeated the rookie Red Sox by a score of 6-4, but the latter gave a good account of themselves, using actual play as the best way to find a comfort zone with glove-less baseball and slightly different playing rules from those that govern modern baseball.

Here’s a pictorial of our laid back, enjoyable vintage base ball day in Norman Rockwell’s small town Americana. Thanks, Sealy. Thanks for helping us believe, or imagine,  that you really are – still out there – in a serene place where all or most of your people have learned to live in respectful harmony with each other.

That’s it for the Eagle tonight. ~ Let’s allow the pictures to sing our way out of here. ~ Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everybody!

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The Barker Red Sox came hungry and ready to play.

The Barker Red Sox came hungry and ready to play.

 

The veteran Houston Babies club took a more laid-back approach to the new season.

The veteran Houston Babies club took a more laid-back approach to the new season. ~ Featured here, L>R, are Alec Schmelter, Robert Pena, and Robbie Martin.

 

The Red Sox came to hit. ....

The Red Sox came to hit. ….

 

.... and run.

…. and run.

SABR writer Joe Thompson decided to make a little history of his own this year as a new member of the Houston Babies.

SABR writer Joe Thompson decided to make a little history of his own this year as a new member of the Houston Babies.

The always fun to be with Mike McCroskey arrived in time to keep all the Babies loose with his wit, wonder, and wisdom. He was accompanied by his cute and smart youngest daughter, Meghan, who is graduating from high school in May.

The always fun-to-be-with Mike McCroskey arrived in time to keep all the Babies loose with his wit, wonder, and wisdom. He was accompanied by his cute, respectful, and very intelligent youngest daughter, Meghan, who is graduating from high school in May.

 

The Red Sox brought some lumber too. Doubles were not an unusual event today.

The Red Sox brought a winning attitude and some lumber to the game. Doubles were not an unusual event today.

 

Near the end of the day. Babies Manager Bob Dorrill had the game situation in hand, as per usual.

Near the end of the day, Babies Manager Bob Dorrill had the game situation in hand, as per usual, but the Red Sox made a great first showing today in a scored game.

 

Since there was no score kept in today's workout, Bob Stephens of the Babies was kept in a black and white time warp cage until a more meaningful competitive moment on another day to come. When he did play today, the silver-haired assassin took it easy on those in the field.

Since there was no score kept in today’s morning workout, Bob Stephens of the Babies was kept in a black and white time warp cage until a more meaningful competitive moment that same afternoon. When he did play today, the silver-haired assassin still took it easy on those in the field.

 

"The sneer is gone from Bobby''s lip, his teeth are clenched in hate; he pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate. And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go, and now the air is shattered by the force of Bobby's blow."

“The sneer is gone from Bobby”s lip,
his teeth are clenched in hate;
he pounds with cruel violence
his bat upon the plate.
And now the pitcher holds the ball,
and now he lets it go,
and now the air is shattered
by the force of Bobby’s blow.”

 

Baseball always was, And always will be, America's great game.

Baseball always was,
And always will be,
America’s great game.

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Footnote on the Photos: Thank you, Bob Copus of the Barker Red Sox, for the pictorial contribution, from the lead photo to the last, of group pictures 1, 3, and 13, that feature both the all three club composite as our lead-in shot – to the two other great Red Sox team pictures.

Our apologies to the Sealy club that we were not able to spread ourselves thin enough to get some photos of your club. We’ll make up for it the next time we meet on Vintage Ball Road.

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eagle-0rangeBill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

https://bill37mccurdy.com/

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3 Responses to “Vintage Ball in Sealy on a Great April Saturday”

  1. Bill Hale Says:

    That’s Bob Dorrill’s grandson Alec in the picture with Robbie and Robert, not Kyle.

  2. Bob Copus Says:

    It was a great day and loads of fun and fellowship. Thanks to all involved.

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