Hey Baseball Fans! You Don’t Want to Miss This!

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Phillies winning their first National League Pennant. I know this is true because Bob Warrington told me so. Bob is a nationally recognized historian, author and long time collector of artifacts related to the Phillies and former Philadelphia Athletics Baseball teams.

He has been published in many national baseball periodicals. His most recent article about the Phillies appeared in the Society for American Baseball Research Magazine. Yep, baseball is a well documented sport.

Bob saw the notice about the Old Year’s celebration we are currently organizing with the Historical Museum and Library.  And because he visits Ocean City and admires our interest in preserving the past, he has made us an offer we cannot refuse. And that’s to come here on February 21st. to talk about the Phillies Spring Training program of 1915, the year they won the Pennant. Bob recently presented displays on this subject at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Assn. Banquet and the Baseball Research Association’s Connie Mack Chapter meeting. Both were very well received.

Warrington will describe how the Phillies 1915 spring training experience in St. Petersburg, Florida differed sharply from Spring Training today, on the baseball diamond and off. Some colorful events included confrontation with a British War Ship (the team traveled to Florida by boat), hiding Phillies players from a lynch mob, members almost drowning in a major storm, player holdouts, terrible food, leisure time “high jinks” and the strict discipline imposed by new manager, Pat Moran.

A series of photos taken during Spring Training in St. Petersburg a century ago will be shown. And you are invited to have your photo taken holding a bat used by the Phillies 1915 first baseman Fred Luderus. Other Phillies artifacts from that season will be displayed.

The star pitcher of the pennant winning team was the legendary Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander, affectionately known as “Old Pete”. His record was 30 wins and ten losses that year. This was in an era before relief pitchers and 9th Inning closers became common. Old Pete won an astonishing 373 games during his playing days, exactly the same number as the great Christy Mathewson.

Warrington’s presentation is set for 1 p.m. at the Community Center’s Christopher Maloney Auditorium on Feb. 21. Admission is free. Be there!

I have some special memories of the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Athletics games played in the late 40’s and early 50’s when both teams shared Shibe Park. I was brought up in Chester, Pa.  20 miles from Philadelphia. A bunch of us kids would take the train to Philly, the subway to Lehigh Ave. and then walk to Shibe Park past the boarded up Baker Bowl, the original home of the Phillies. We would never go to a single game, it had to be a double header.

We saw Connie Mack direct his team in a business suit from the dugout, Hank Greenberg hit a home run that banged off the left field roof and Joe DiMaggio line one into the leftfield bleachers. It was a lifetime thrill to meet Joe DiMaggio when he was grand marshal of the Ocean City Baby Parade in 1983.

(Jan. 28) ANOTHER 1915 Event will be celebrated by the Ocean City Historical Museum, 17th and Simpson.  At 2 p.m., Ocean City Historian Fred Miller and John Loeper, president of Ocean City’s Life Station No. 30, will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the creation of the COAST GUARD. They will discuss the 1915 event and the history of the Life Saving Service, which dates back to 1871, when the island was still known as Peck’s Beach. This is a free program. Donations will be accepted and shared between the historical Museum and Lifesaving Station.

(Jan. 31) The Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., is hosting a bus trip to the WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW at the Park Ave. Armory in New York. Tickets are $45, reservations are required. The exhibition features furniture, Asian Art, American and European Silver and much more. This is one of the largest antique shows in the country. It provides visitors the opportunity to purchase exceptional work from 73 celebrated exhibitors. Admission to the show is not included and costs $25. For information or to make reservations call the Ocean City Arts Center, (609) 399-7628. For show information access www.armoryonpark.org.

The Ocean City Arts Center is offering a series of Workshops with Barbara Rosin entitled “Painting Creatively.” The classes begin on January 22 and will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on four consecutive Thursdays. Mrs. Rosin teaches all types of painting in a workshop environment with individual attention. Learn to really see your subject matter and explore the importance of color and composition. A still life will be provided but students are encouraged to bring personal objects and photographs to paint. Registration is required. Call (609) 399-7628.

The Ocean City FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave., continues to offer a free array of educational classes and entertainment programs for all ages: (Jan. 28) “The Marathon and the Sprint,” a book by local author, Harry Scott: Travel with this baseball fan and golfer. He will discuss how he visited 28 major league baseball stadiums in 28 days in 1995. In 2009, after the major leagues expanded, he visited 30 stadiums in 30 consecutive days. Harry will also discuss his around the USA and around the world golfing experiences, 7 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.

The popular TED TALKS continue on (Jan. 24) with photographer Jimmy Nelson presenting “Before They Pass Away” a story of his travels and photos to remote locations of the world, enduring great risks, living among little known tribal people who survive today in lifestyles thought to be extinct. His message to the rest of the world from these so called primitive people is to be authentic, look closer at people, know when you’re already happy, be vulnerable and share of yourself. Program held in the Christopher Maloney Lecture Hall at 11 a.m. Discussion to follow.

The Library presents an array a free programs including movies, writing classes, programs for children of all ages, declutter sessions, cooking, Bridge, computer training, language classes and much more. For information, call (609) 399-2434 ext. 5238. Sign up for the Library’s News Letter:  newsletters@oceancitylibrary.org. to keep informed of on-going programs.

MR. MATURE AMERICA: The date has been set for the Second Annual Mr. Mature America Pageant to be held on Sat., March 28 at the Music Pier. The event welcomes men 55 and older to display their talents and personalities to an appreciative audience. It is the only contest of its kind in the world and this year will benefit the Ocean City Food Cupboard. For information about entering the contest, call 609-399-6111 x9300 or email msoifer@hotmail.com.                               


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