Vintage baseball in full swing all day Sept. 4 at Roxbury TOC Day
Roxbury — All three Delaware Vintage baseball clubs have been hard at play all summer long and will face off in a full day of games on Saturday, Sept. 4 during Roxbury’s Turn of the Century Day festivities. Games start at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the afternoon. The Roxbury Nine will be at home in the Kirkside Park ball field, where they will do battle with the hard hitting Bovina Dairymen and last year’s Keator Games champs, the Mountain Athletic Club of Fleischmanns.
All three Delaware County teams have revived the art of baseball as it was played in the 1890s, and just like decades ago, the Nine, the Dairymen and the MAC clubs are all volunteer teams composed of neighbors and friends, many of whom dedicated themselves to the vintage game after playing together during their high school days. With most of the summer season behind them, these “ballists” are on their game with plenty of scores to settle.
Baseball is just one of the many “agreeable pursuits” of 1898 waiting for the entire family in Roxbury on Turn of the Century Day. Plenty of hands-on fun, old-fashioned games and even a Teddy Bear Tea are on offer for the younger set, while mom can shop the authentic 19th-century wares, with all-day demonstrations of some 19th-century handcrafts, like wood hewing. There will be a parade of 19th-century fashion, the ever popular and amazing antics of the Vaudevillian acrobats, Clan Tynker, roving minstrels and brass marches. Plenty of old-fashioned victuals, too, from chicken barbecue to sausage and peppers, with a beer wagon on offer all afternoon and evening.
The evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks display, the perfect sendoff for summertime and the 19th century, too! Learn all about the Turn of the Century Day schedule and how to get your own 19th outfit by calling the Roxbury Parks Dept. at 607 326-3722 or visit www.roxburyny.com.