Baseball featured in May
We mentioned about the old photos that Bill Lampman had found for the unusual calendar he had produced for the Eastern Shore Life Museum and told of a few in the April page. Well, here are some great baseball shots that enlighten the May page on the calendar:
At the top is a great photo of the Centreville Ball Park as it looked in 1940, gazing in from left field to the old wooden grandstand; noting that the town was a farm club for the Phillies, Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles when it was part of the Class D Eastern Shore League in the ‘30s and ‘40s. He has a shot of Jimmy Foxx and Frank “Home Run” Baker who both played in the rookie league and made it to the majors from here.
Then he has a shot of the 1950 Centreville Giants in the dugout; a team that was managed by the late John Selby. The Giants were the amateur town team that came along after the Eastern Shore League folded in 1949. All the players are identified and if I am not mistaken, I probably snapped the picture sometime in the summer of 1950 as I was editor then and went to all the games we played at home.
As I said, this is a very unique calendar and has more old photos of the town and county that we will talk about in future columns.
••• IS IT SUMMER YET? According to the weatherman the other day we should be into 80-degree temperatures by the end of this week, so since we are getting into May maybe our warm weather will stick around for awhile.
I was taking Maggie out for her early morning walk the other day and had to turn around to go back inside to get a jacket since it wasn’t as warm as I had hoped.
Maggie goes to the door each morning looking for her walk. She always has to bark at anyone walking by or she sees in the yard as we go by their house; but is very friendly if anyone stops to say hello to her.
••• MATAPEAKE DOG BEACH Speaking of dogs, did you look over that special section in The Sun the other morning called “The Best of Baltimore”? All of the pages seemed to be about Baltimore but it did have a short piece about the Matapeake Park Dog Beach, which I had never heard about. It stated that it “provides a place to romp in the sand and swim in the shallow waters of the Chesapeake Bay.” It sits on Kent Island and is part of the Matapeake State Park, which also incorporates a separate public beach, fishing pier, clubhouse, picnic area and trails.
Glad to see the county was mentioned in the special section of Baltimore’s best, even if the park is not part of the big city.
••• RAVENS COMING HERE See in the sports page of the Star Democrat that the Ravens will be holding a football clinic on June 15 at Queen Anne’s County High School. Sure sounds interesting to this football nut; I hope I can get a chance to see it.
The story said trainers and former Ravens players would be at the clinic to be presented by Under Armour.
It noted that players from 5-15 will get to meet Ravens cheerleaders and the team mascot, Poe, along with a chance to win autographed football merchandise and taking photos with a former Ravens player.
No, it is not free. The article said it will cost $50 each person and that registration is available at baltimoreravens.com.
••• OUR JUNE MUSIC
FESTIVAL Finally, I see there is going to be 14 bands at a Charm City Bluegrass Festival this Saturday in Baltimore, and the cost is $55 to $160 to see and hear ‘em.
Well, the Centreville Lions Club will be offering 12 (yes, twelve) bands at the 36th annual Music Festival at the 4-H Park on June 10 and you can get on the grounds to enjoy the music and festivities all day for only $5. We look forward to having a great day for the entire family at our big affair at a ver y family-friendly price. See ya there.