Barker Red Sox Grab Front Page

Wallis News-Review Front Page, April 12, 2016 Barker Red Sox Roar!

Wallis News-Review
Front Page, April 12, 2016
Barker Red Sox Roar!

The Barker Red Sox may be the chronological “babies” of the Houston Area Vintage Base Ball Union in 2016, but it didn’t take them long to find the front page attention of the Wallis News-Review, a community newspaper serving Wallis, Orchard, Frydek, Simonton, and Fulshear since 1974.

Here’s a close-up of the Red Sox story box alone. Hopefully, it will be more readable from a tighter view:

The Barker Red Sox get ready for their first game in Sealy. - The tall smiling slender fellow on the far left is manager Bob Copus.

The Barker Red Sox get ready for their first game in Sealy. – The tall smiling slender fellow on the far left is manager Bob Copus.

The Barker Red Sox, the Houston Babies, and the Sealy KayCees were the three vintage ball clubs that came to play the Spring Festival and Picnic last weekend, Saturday, April 9th, in another example of the new-old sport’s rising popularity.

What’s Vintage Base Ball?

Vintage base ballers play by the 1860 rules for base ball, which even includes  dividing the sport’s name into the two words “base” and “ball”.

Players do not use gloves. They have to catch the ball bare-handed. And they also have to adjust to a few rule differences from today. One of which is – a batter may be called out if a fielder catches his batted ball in either the air or on the first bounce.

The equipment is a little different from today’s too. The bats are a little thinner and the base balls are a little softer. The bases, however, are the same as today; they are 90 feet apart. The umpire is known as the “Blind Tom” –  and players who score then have to ring a bell to get their run added to the team’s run total. There are a few others, but the game is still recognizable as the same one that some of us used to play on sandlots forty to seventy years ago. And just as much joy lives again as the freedom of spirit once did on the sandlot when we filled our “lost-in-the-moment” love of the game with all our heart, hope, and energy.

The Barker Red Sox Sealy, Texas April 9, 2016 "True Grit"

The Barker Red Sox
Sealy, Texas
April 9, 2016
“True Grit”

Getting into the Spirit of Those Times

Like all dedicated vintage ball clubs, the Barker Red Sox got into the spirit of things by selecting classic Boston Red Sox uniforms from the 19th century.

No accident there.

Barker Red Sox founder and manager Bob “Chowda” Copus is an original New England kid who finished his adolescent years as a graduate of Klein High School north of Houston before he took his college degree and began his professional life in the Houston area. He is also a close friend. – More – This guy is the “Ace of Spades” and “Jack Armstrong, The All American Boy’ – rolled into one. – The Red Sox will do well under Captain Copus on this lots-of-fun sporadic Saturday date voyage into base ball from the 19th century.

As one result, The Pecan Park Eagle predicts a great run on the local vintage base ball scene for the Barker Red Sox. If it weren’t so politically incorrect today, and rightfully so, these guys may even become “Boston-culture” good enough over time to actually revive the whaling industry on the weekends they aren’t playing vintage ball.

Wish I could give you all of their player names and base ball monikers today, but I cannot. Maybe next time.

Bill McCurdy and Bob Copus Old friendships are link an ancient oak tree. They possess the power to branch into all kinds of growth directions - especially when one of those limbs is vintage base ball and another is the history of "God's Game".

Bill McCurdy and Bob Copus
Old friendships are akin to an ancient oak tree. They possess the power to branch into all kinds of growth directions – especially when one of those limbs is vintage base ball and another is the history of “God’s Game”.

Looking for Bigger Ink?

The Barker Red Sox are thinking about going to see a game in uniform during the upcoming series between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. If they do, maybe we will see them next time on the sports pages of the Houston Chronicle. If not then, of course, they will be playing a game against our Houston Babies this summer prior to a Sugar Land Skeeters game at Constellation Field. – Maybe “that’ll” be the day of their next big media breakout.

Whatever will be, will be. Just have fun, Barker Red Sox, That’s what vintage base ball is all about. – The rest of our little vintage base ball community is proud of you for making the front page of any newspaper on your first rattle out of the box.

Play Ball! ~ Vintage Base Ball!

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eagle-0rangeBill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

https://bill37mccurdy.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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