Barker Red Sox Spank Houston Babies, 10-3

 

On Friday, June 10, 2016, the Bark Red Sox defeated the Houston Babies, 10-3, in a game of vintage baseball played at Constellation Field in Sugar Land prior to the regulation professional game of the Sugar Land Skeeters at the city's Constellation Field. A good time was had by all.

On Friday, June 10, 2016, the Bark Red Sox defeated the Houston Babies, 10-3, in a game of vintage base ball played prior to the regulation professional game of the Sugar Land Skeeters at that city’s Constellation Field. A good time was had by all. (Well, at least for the Barker Red Sox, that turned out to be totally true.) 🙂

Bob Dorrill

Bob Dorrill

 A Marvelous Day for Vintage Base Ball

By Bob Dorrill, Houston Babies Manager and Special Correspondent Writer for The Pecan Park Eagle.
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It was a marvelous day for baseball in Sugar Land, Texas where the Houston Babies and the Barker Red Sox met at Constellation Field, the home of the Sugar Land Skeeters for their second classic vintage baseball game of the season.
Last year, on June 12, 2015, the Houston Babies and the Katy Combine played the first in what we hope will be an annual vintage game at beautiful Constellation Field. Today's June 10, 2016 event was Vintage Annual Big Venue Game # 2.

Last year, on June 12, 2015, the Houston Babies and the Katy Combine played at beautiful Constellation Field. Our Friday, June 10, 2016 event extends the annual tradition.

Both teams enjoyed the outstanding facilities and hospitality of the local professional team. The grounds were in superior shape and there was plenty of water and Gatorade for the thirsty participants in the 95 degree weather.
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Alex Schmelter, Alex Hajduk, Jim Markin ~ Youthful Houston Babies!

Alex Schmelter, Alex Hajduk, Jim Odasz
~ Youthful Houston Babies!

It was Turn Back the Clock Night at Constellation Field and while both vintage teams wore uniforms of the day, so too did the Skeeters who featured a uniform with “Imperial” across their chests modeled after the local team of years gone by. 
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Phil Holland and Greg Moore ~ Highly Seasoned Houston Babies.

Bob Stevens, Phil Holland and Greg Moore
~ Highly Seasoned Houston Babies.

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Pina-Odasz-Hajduk
Robert Pina, Jim Odasz, and Starting Pitcher Larry Hajduk
(More Seasoning!)
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A nice crowd showed up at 5:00 PM to see the early game and watched both teams battle for 4 innings in a closely contested contest. In the 5th inning, however,  the Babies brought in their ace reliever whose pitches were to the Red Sox liking, and along with a few fielding problems, the visitors scored 7 runs to break the game wide open. Due to time limitations the score ended 10-3 for the Barker nine in a 6 inning contest.
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Mark Rowan ~ Of course, he needs his late afternoon rest. He's a "Baby"!

Mark Rowan
~ Of course, he needs his late afternoon rest. He’s a “Baby”!

Matt (One Eye) Grantham and Mike (Bam Bam) Hayes led the Red Sox with 3 hits each and scored 3 and 2 runs respectively. Hurling for team of knicknames were Jon (Woody) Woodard and Adam (Doc) Alligood. Congratulations to Bob (Chowder) Copus who managed this fine group.
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Marc Hudec (as in) "Who dat sayin' Hajduk when you mean Hudec?"

Marc Hudec (as in)
“Who dat sayin’ Hajduk when they mean Hudec?”

The Babies were led by newcomer Jim O’Dasz with 3 hits and hurler Larry Hadjuk who had a quality start. A highlight in the field was a spectacular backward falling summersault catch by third baseman Greg Moore. While we won’t name the pitcher who gave up the 7 runs in one inning we will say that he is keen observer of baseball on a daily basis.  
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 Alex Hajduk  "And - back at you - who dat callin' Hudec when they mean Hajduk?"


Alex Hajduk
“And – back at you – who dat callin’ Hudec when they mean Hajduk?”

All 15 Babies and 10 Red Sox got to play in this wonderful atmosphere and we look forward to returning to Constellation Field next year for the 4th consecutive year.  
 

~ Bob Dorrill, Special Correspondent, The Pecan Park Eagle

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The End of a Perfect Day. The above story featured a beautiful photo of both teams (taken by Babies player Joe Thompson) that provides us also with a perfect reflection on the remarkable spirit of this vintage base ball movement in Houston. Playing “base ball” by 1860 rules, in 19th century attire, and with bats and balls from that early era – and with no gloves in use to help catch the ball – and with a few other delightful little changes in the rules from today, vintage base ball is about the closest game we adult fans of the diamond will ever hope to find of our earlier life kid times on the sandlots of America.

That same old joy didn’t die when we “grew up”. It lives again. Through vintage base ball.

Come join us. Find out for yourself. The joy never died. We simply left it in the attic, with all of our other childhood toys and dreams.

~ The Pecan Park Eagle.

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Editorial Note: Thank you, Bob Dorrill, for that wonderful summary with pictures. The Pecan Park Eagle also wants to extend our appreciation to the Sugar Land Skeeters for their support of vintage base ball in the Houston area. If any of you readers care to join the fun by forming your own vintage base ball club, or if you might be interested in joining our Larry Dierker Chapter of SABR (The Society for American Baseball Research)  please contact our Bob Dorrill for assistance on information on how to to get started with either goal. We are dedicated to the joy of life and you will be under no pressure to join anything, do anything, or pay anything. SABR and vintage ball are separate non-profit entities – and you most certainly can have one without the other. We are 100% about the pursuit of passion for baseball as an ingredient to both leisure and a more enjoyable life – but only for those of who want it. We are not about profits, sales, or conversions. Simply the joy of shared enjoyment of baseball with others who also share our fire for preserving one of the truly American inventions is the biggest blanket we can find to cover all we engage. ~ Bob Dorrill can be reached by e-mail at ….>  bdorrill@aol.com

~ The Pecan Park Eagle

 

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Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

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One Response to “Barker Red Sox Spank Houston Babies, 10-3”

  1. bob copus Says:

    The Red Sox had a great time. Thanks to Ira for setting this up as well as Bob Dorrill. We truly enjoyed the opportunity to play in this stadium and hanging out with the great guys on the Houston Babies.

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