Casey at the Bat Week

Date: May 28, 2017 - June 3, 2017

 Learn about Worcester and Worcester County’s fascinating baseball history.

May 11 | Batter up!
Join Bill Ballou, Telegram & Gazette sportswriter, as he shares Worcester’s prominent place in the early history of pro baseball from 1877 through 1925… the first doubleheaders, a team in the first minor league, our connection the first World Series in 1903, Casey Stengel’s first job as a manager, and more.

May 18 | “Don’t Use These Guns!”
On September 26, 1946, the Yankees played the Red Sox in East Douglas in an exhibition game sponsored by the Hayward-Schuster company, a major textile manufacturer in the Blackstone Valley. Bob Bachelder, minister and president of the Worcester Area Mission Society and baseball history enthusiast, addresses why Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio were warned not to use their shotguns on the opposing pitchers.

May 25 | “Home Base”
Lifelong Worcester resident Brian Goslow grew up in the Becker College neighborhood searching for the remnants of the Worcester County Agricultural Fairgrounds and its ghosts. He’ll revisit “Fairground Days: When Worcester Was a National League City, 1880-1882”--the early days of our national pastime and how Lee Richmond’s perfect game guarantees that Worcester will always have a place in the sport’s history.

PLAY BALL CASEY AT THE BAT WEEK, May 28 through June 3
Celebrate Casey at the Bat Week in Worcester with readings of this Worcester-original poem throughout the city and county. Watch for details!

SATURDAY, June 3 | 7:05 PM
Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field Worcester’s Bravehearts begin the 2017 season with another home game against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs. Free Mudville t-shirts to the first 500 guests at this game and a special performance of “Casey at the Bat” on the pitcher’s mound before the game.

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