Archive for April, 2016
Rochester, Michigan . . .The sweet sound of hickory meeting horsehide has begun to reverberate from Van Hoosen Farm, signaling the arrival of another vintage base ball campaign. The Rochester Grangers, our local practitioners of the nation’s game, have lately resumed their ballistic enterprises according to gentlemanly rules in vogue before professionals ruled the day.
After last season’s sterling performance, the Grangers have responded to the clarion call of their hypertrophied yet babblative field marshal, Patrick “Barnraiser” McKay, who has posted a schedule of training maneuvers. Laying aside their farm implements, the Rochesters hope to shake off the torpor occasioned by the quietude of winter, reacquainting their dormant muscles with the demands of the game. To that end, nimble- footed Scott “Chooch” Westgate, in an effort to promote team speed and flexibility has again offered his popular clogging workshop. Others, under the tutelage of Steve “Steam Engine” Sebert, have taken to roping cattle to stay in top condition.
In addition to the home schedule, caravans are planned to base ball outposts such as Mackinac Island, Bay City and Columbus, Ohio. The home itinerary features an opener against Royal Oak on May 15, and will include a twilight tilt on June 23 against the Port Huron Welkins:
May 15 Royal Oak Wahoos, 1:00 p.m.
May 28 Heritage Days Exhibition at Halbach Field, 1:00 p.m.
June 19 Flint Lumber City BBC, Father’s Day Game, 1:00 p.m.
June 23 Port Huron Welkins, 6:30 p.m.
July 31 Bay City Independents, 1:00 p.m.
With the season fast approaching, the Grangers invite the townsfolk to Van Hoosen Farm to come see base ball the way it was meant to be played, for fresh air and exercise, according to the rules and customs of 1864.
As always, we thank our sponsor, Chadd’s Pizza.