Let’s Play Ball, Summer 2018
The third annual History in the Park will feature Evansville’s love of baseball. After two successful events in 2016 and 2017 featuring Evansville’s Tourist Camp and the park’s historic buildings, the Grove Society planning committee will switch to one of the park’s favorite activities: baseball!
Community-wide participation is desired: all ages of baseball players and family members of baseball players, as each had a different experience. Steve Ehle, in particular, wants to be sure that all baseball players are aware of this opportunity to tell stories, reminiscence, and relive the good old days of baseball. Please spread the word so that all baseball players will be aware of the event. Steve can be reached at 608-873-7600.
The theme “Let’s play ball” will be celebrated throughout the summer. Check out the 2018 Calendar of Events to see what we already have in the works. One outstanding event is Saturday, MAY 12, EVANSVILLE JAYS HOME TALENT BASEBALL ALUMNI APPRECIATION NIGHT. Everyone is invited to come and watch the Evansville Jays Home Talent Baseball team play the Albion Tigers at Leonard-Leota Park, Evansville. The game starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Upper Baseball Diamond. There is no admission fee for the game. All former Evansville Home Talent players will receive half-priced drinks. People are encouraged to bring scrapbooks, pictures, memorabilia, past jerseys/hats, etc. to display during the game.
Some of the names you will see on the calendar: Peck Sperry (one of the sons of Stan “Pop” Sperry), Jon Frey (manager of Evansville Home Talent Baseball), John Graf (speaker for Sep. 9th program).
John Graf has visited multiple libraries and research centers to learn more about Stan “Pop” Sperry, one of Evansville’s baseball players who made it to the major leagues. September 15, 2018 will be the 80th anniversary of “Stan Sperry Day,” when the Philadelphia Athletics played the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park, Chicago in 1938. So, September 9 will be the date of Graf’s presentation to celebrate the memory of Stan Sperry at Leonard-Leota Park, Evansville. The title of Graf’s presentation will be "Stan Sperry: A Career in Baseball."
It is hoped that other speakers will be added to the calendar of events. Any ideas?
The Society plans to create a baseball exhibit at the Museum for all ages to enjoy and collect photographs and memorabilia about Evansville’s rich baseball history. The photographs would be returned to the owner after they were scanned for the Society’s collections. The memorabilia could be a donation or a loan, depending on the donor’s wishes and the Society’s capability to store the item. Do you have a scrapbook, or some old baseball photographs that you are willing to loan?
The Eager Free Public Library has preparied a list of books to read about the subject of baseball. The Library also possesses many of the movies considered to be the top 25 best baseball movies.