“Let’s call him Huckleberry. We need one of them.” – Pistol Pete Dickason, Hingham Derbies
About 3PM on Sunday afternoon I saw from my window a wheelbarrow almost half full of water. Only the faintest reflection of the clouds above could be seen on the surface. My head was full of “D”s. Dark, dismal, dank, dreary, dismayed, disgusted and disillusioned. The skin thins when you see such sights. The mind sets itself in a frame of obtuse insolence. Idleness appears to be the only solution. I suggested a trip to the Snug instead of practice. But the Commish would have none of it. “Go FORTH!” said he. “Rain? Play ball anyway…..!”
What a turnout we had! The Commish Dot Nesbit, Rambo Melia, Riptide Raso, Biscuits Lenihan, Pistol Dickason, Maddog Madden, Chips Lindsay, Nails Ullman, The Deacon, Hoser Bliss, Matt M , Bill F (nicknamed Huckleberry by Pistol) and myself were all in attendance. We did a round of 15 or so good swings per player, with the fielders shagging balls as if they were live.
……”Practice like you play”, Chips Lindsay cried.
After BP we ran drills for infield and outfield. The Base Balls were wet and things were sometimes sloppy but it was well worth the day and the ten or so balls that doubled in weight and were rendered useless. We had some scrapes: Nails almost poked an eye out on a branch looking for a ball in the thicket. A few guys threw too hard. Huckleberry beaned Maddog twice and almost got first hand knowledge why we call him Maddog. But in general, we’re really getting good. I’m serious. No, I’m really serious. Once the stretching is done and the knees aren’t cracking so much we can really play ball. This isn’t just one afternoon talking. Every practice has been better and every year has seen the bar raised.
Turnout is still an issue. Guys are coming but not always on the same Sunday. We need everyone there on the next two Sundays to play scrimmage games: Derbies V Coopers.
Small gloves and 1880s rules. This is rehearsal for the 3rd of July. Next week is Father’s Day. What could be better for Dad than a few hours of free time to play a game of Base with the lads?
“Get thee to the base ball field and all of your ills will be cured!” – Dorchester Bartholemew Nesbit, Commissioner, Boston Road Base Ball League and Hingham Derby hurler.
See you Sunday,
Enjoy Narragansett, the Official Beer of Hingham Vintage Base Ball