Letter: Historic Base Ball
Since moving here five months ago I have noticed the importance area history has in the community. I would like to add one more item to this wonderful history equation: Base Ball.
As soldiers moved in from the east to take positions at the numerous forts that were being established in the Territories they brought with them the relatively new game of base ball (yes, two words). In 1876 the soldiers at Fort Whipple had formed the Whipple Base Ball Club and would play games with other forts in the area. Later that spring the Whipples would take on the Champion Base Ball Club of Prescott for the Championship of the Territory in a game played on the Plaza. In writing this I also try to imagine all that was going on elsewhere in the Territories, the West, and the rest of the country. Baseball truly does parallel American history!
That being said, I am attempting to create a 2016 version of the Prescott Champions Base Ball Club. A core group of five players already exists but I would like to find 7-8 more individuals who like history and the game of baseball. We are going to play in the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League this winter and would play at special historical events the rest of the year. No particular skills are required, just a desire to have a bit of fun and a willingness to expose this early (1860 rules) form of ball to the public. If you would like to participate in some way (you don’t have to actually play) please contact me at email@example.com. We will also be holding a “recruiting” day on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Fort Verde.
My hope is that the new Champion Base Ball Club of Prescott will honor the original club, the soldiers who populated the area, and our great western heritage.
Michael R. Adrian