Baseball in Wentworth: part two
What has happened to baseball in Wentworth? From what were many baseball teams in the Wentworth area has in 2017 dwindled to three baseball players who join a baseball team by going to Truro or Oxfords or Tatamagouche.
Reason may the digital age of smart phones which capture attention away from outdoor sports in the summer. In 2017, the ball field is empty of baseball players. We have to thank the coaches of past years who organized the baseball games: Willard Lynds, Doug Curry, Faye Teed, Sonia Brown, Sharon Teed, Danny Palmer, Brian Kiever, etc.(Coach names I found in research).
I was told recently that of the 90 people aged 0 to 18 (of course, one has to subtract at least ages 0 to 5), there are no signs of interest in baseball. Baseball games were once the most popular sport in Wentworth during the summer. Events often go in circles and baseball may be played again in Wentworth. Now we can, at least, celebrate the past as baseball used to be the favourite sport in Wentworth during the summer.
I do not have a complete list of the names of the baseball teams in Wentworth, but the ones I found in research follows here in numbered photos and/ or lists of names as Wentworth teams: #1. A 1904 Wentworth baseball team, photo, list; #2. A Wentworth 1930 Championship Team Central Nova, list; #3. Wentworth Baseball Team, photo, list; #4 Wentworth 1981 Red Sox Awards Banquet, photo, list; #5.Wentworth Sox Award Winners, photo, list; #6. Wentworth Valley Pirates Baseball Team, photo, list; #7. Wentworth Valley Pirates Baseball Team, Junior Category, photo; #8. Wentworth Bison A Division Baseball Wentworth, photo, list; #9. Wentworth T-Ball Team Tiny Tots Division, photo, list; #10. Wentworth Midget Raiders Ball Team, winners of Midget C Baseball League 1980 by beating Ox- ford team, also winning League title three times straight in 1978, 1979, 1980, photo, list; #11. Wentworth Bantam Baseball Team following trophy presentation, photo, list; #12. Wentworth Red Sox Baseball Team – Beaver Division, photo list; #13. Coach Willard Lynds Receives Wentworth Baseball League Trophy, photo, list; #14. Wentworth Baseball Warriors, photo, list; #15. Wentworth Baseball Warriors Receive Trophy photo, list. Printed in my last column were six photos and in this column part two I print six more.
A. 1930 Championship Team Central Nova Scotia: Captain Bill Walsh, Batboy Billy Walsh, Pitcher Basil Wilson, Catcher Doug Henderson, Catcher first base Art Betts, Catcher 2nd base Bill Walsh, Catcher 3rd base Bob Swallow, Right field Leo Feeley, Shortstop Art Little, Left field Bob Redmond, Centre field Hollie Langille, Umpire Len Woodworth, Official scorekeeper Fred Huestis.
B. Wentworth Bantam Baseball Team (not in order): following trophy presentation : Jeff Redmond, Michael Jackson, Shawn Langille, Steve Blair, Jamie Brown, Sean Teed, Jimmy Teed, Shawn Patriquin, Quincy Brown, Trevor Brown, Scott Moore, Chris Redmond, and Coach Doug Curry.
C. Wentworth Warriors Baseball Team, 1976: Back row: George Redmond, Bob Madore, Gary McNutt, Jim McNutt, Robert Palmer, Second row: Warren Patriquin, Reg Redmond, Terry Keiver, Bob Redmond, Winston Patriquin, Font row: Charles McGill, Barry Patriquin, Ron McNutt.
D. Wentworth Midget Raiders Ball Team Winning Midget C Baseball League, 1980, Eliminating Oxford Team and Winners of Three Straight in League 1978, 1979, 1980: Front row: Elwood Lynds, DarrenWebb, Steven Brown, Edison Lynds, Jim Palmer, Back row: Willard Lynds coach, Jeff Webb, Paul Dormiety, Chris Webb, Richard Mattatall, Roy Steeves, Wade Colburne, Lester Palmer, Brian Palmer, Darren Patriquin, Standing in Centre, Back row: Owen Lynds: Bat boy and scorekeeper. Midget C Baseball League composed of teams from Lononderry, Malagash, Oxford and Wentworth.
E. Wentworth Red Sox Award Winners: Back row: Casey Palmer, Troy Woodworth, Dwayne Brown, , Beverly Wood (guest), Front row: Geoffrey Redmond, Jimmy Teed, Shawn Patriquin.
F. Wentworth T-Ball Team of Tiny Tots: Photo: Members were Stephanie Murray, Kevin Rushton, Mieke Jean VanVulpen, Sammy Roger, Craig Little, Brian Palmer, Dawn Webb, Stephanie McNutt, Rob Cross, Christa Thompson.