Let’s Play Ball, Summer 2018
Your help is wanted to plan the third History in the Park, which 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. Ideas are still being developed so this is your opportunity to get involved and offer suggestions. What would you like to learn? Do you have a scrapbook, or some old baseball photographs that you are willing to loan?
Two additional meetings have been scheduled for March 14 and April 18 at Creekside Place, 1:00 p.m. to collect ideas and talk baseball.
On March 3, several people met at the Historic Baker Office Building to begin planning the summer activities. 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), Steve Ehle (retired baseball player and aficionado) and Jennifer Ehle, president of the Evansville Grove Society were present. Ehle’s credentials consist of growing up in a household with avid Cub fans and being married to a pitcher for Evansville Home Talent Baseball.
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.
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 Grove Society will support Evansville Home Talent Baseball in its plans to schedule an alumni night during its baseball schedule this summer.
The Eager Free Public Library is preparing 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.
The Grove Society would like to hear your ideas about how to celebrate baseball next summer during the third History in the Park. You are invited to a meeting at Creekside Place on March 14 or April 18 at 1 PM to discuss the topic, or phone Jennifer Ehle 608-302-1722 or Steve Ehle 608-873-7600 to offer ideas.