Base­ball fea­tured in May

Record Observer - - OPINION -

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.

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