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Spring Training Comes to Library on Saturday

You will be treated to the humorous and bizarre moments of the PHILLIES SPRING TRAINING program of 1915 on Saturday at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. This was the season, 100 years ago, that the team won its First National League Pennant.

It was quite different from the Spring Training being held in Florida today. The gloves were smaller, the baseballs were less hyper active and the players did not enjoy astronomical salaries. They had to have second jobs during the off season.

But that 1915 session would have made an excellent Soap Opera. Some players almost drowned in a storm, several members of the team were pursued by a lynch mob and there was an exciting confrontation when the team traveled to St. Petersburg by boat.

The details of these stories and much more will be related by Bob Warrington, a baseball author and authority on the Phillies and the former Philadelphia Athletics.

Bob will also exhibit an array of photos and memorabilia from the 1915 squad. He’ll bring the bat of Fred Luderus, the team’s first baseman, to the Library. You will be able to pose for photos with this 100 year old, valuable hunk of wood.

When the Phillies learned about Saturday’s event, they decided to get involved. The team has generously provided door prizes and items for a trivia contest that will be given away and won following Bob’s talk. Trivia items include 5 Chase Utley, 5 Ryan Howard, 5 Roy Hallady Bobble Heads, 5 Fedora Caps and 5 Jimmy Rollins All time hit leader prints. Door prizes include a Chase Utley, Jim Thome, Pat Burrell, Gavin Floyd autographed baseball card and a full size Phillies umbrella. Phillies 2015 season schedules will also be available.

The free program is set for 1 p.m., Sat., Feb. 21 in the Christopher Maloney Auditorium of the Library. The auditorium is located on the 17th Street side of the Library-Community Center complex.

THE DOPE ON DOO DAH: This year we will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Doo Dah Parade. The event is set for Sat., April 11th starting noon at 6th and Asbury Ave. The Parade goes through the center of town to 12th St., turns to the Boardwalk and ends at the Music Pier.

There will be an awards ceremony at the Music Pier followed by the PieAsco, our annual tribute to the late, great comedian Soupy Sales. Folks sit in grand stands and when the signal is given smoosh each other with shaving cream pies, the kind Soupy used in his syndicated TV Shows.

This year’s Parade will honor the memory of Joe Franklin, legendary New Yorker, whose radio and TV shows were broadcast for many years. Joe was a former grand marshal of the Parade. He was responsible for helping us secure many celebrities to appear in the Parade. These included Carol Channing, Larry Storch and Soupy Sales. Other notables who have appeared in Ocean City for Doo Dah include Bill Dana, Meadowlark Lemon, Edie Adams, Shelly Berman, Frank Gorshin, Dr. Irwin Cory and many more.

The Parade was started as a celebration of humor and to honor legendary comedians. It features comic brigades, clowns, humorous individuals, bands and floats. A huge addition to the Parade occurred ten years ago when the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue League asked to be included in the event.

League members parade about 500 of their pets in Doo Dah to raise funds for the work of the League which is to find homes for neglected and homeless Bassets. Many of the floppy eared doggies appear in costumes and ride in decorated wagons. If you’ve never seen a group of 500 bassets loping in one direction before, this parade is for you.

On Friday, April 10th at 1 p.m., the League holds its annual Basset Hound Olympics at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. This is an athletic event for the most un-athletic doggies in Pooch Dom. They are asked to jump over hurdles, many merely walk around them. They are asked to sprint through tunnels, some do and some don’t. They are greeted by great applause at the finish line, most ignore this and flop down for a nap. If you are free at 1 p.m. on April 10th this is a “must see” event, bring your camera.

Entry in the Doo Dah Parade is free. To register for the Parade and receive line-up information, call Public Relations (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300 or email msoifer@hotmail.com.

(Feb. 19) An American Red Cross BLOOD DRIVE will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk. To be eligible you must be at least 17, in good health and weigh no less than 110 pounds and not have donated in the last 56 days. There is a special need for Type O Donors. Appointments are preferred but not required. Call (609) 399-6111 Ext. 9356 or access www.redcrossblood.org.  For information or eligibility requirements, call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit website.

(Through Feb. 28) The Ocean City Board of Realtors is sponsoring a FOOD IS LOVE Drive to collect food including canned items, microwaveable pasta meals and more. Collection will include monetary donations as well as Shop Rite Gift cards to be donated the City’s Ecumenical Food Cupboard. For information about drop off locations and more specifics, contact Vicki Heebner (609) 399-0128 or Vicki@ocbor.com.

FOR YOUR CALENDAR: (March 28) THE GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT, 2:30 p.m. from 11th to 14th St. on the Beach. Five Age groups, 100,000 eggs, 5,000 with prizes. Rain Date, March 29th. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(April 4) WOOFIN’ PAWS Pet Fashion Show, 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Dress your pets in their Easter Best. Prizes awarded in various categories. For more information, call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9300.

(April 4) GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT 2, set for 2:30 p.m., 11th to 14th St. on Beach. Five Age groups, 100,000 eggs, 5,000 with prizes. Rain Date, April 5th. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(April 5) EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE, A traditional, non denominational service by the sea at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, 6:30 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, call (609) 399-6111 Ext. 9300.

(April 5) EASTER FASHION PROMENADE and Contest in front of Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Come dressed in your Easter Best, prizes awarded in various categories. Judging begins at 1 p.m. Meet the Easter Bunny who will give chocolate bunnies to children and pose for photos.

(May 2) SPRING BLOCK PARTY, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. Over 350 Crafters, Food and more. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

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