Adult baseball

Vintage baseball games prove timeless for players, spectators

Dirigo, Sunrise Club entertain fans in Sept. 11 doubleheader
By Staff | Sep 15, 2016
Photo by: Mark Haskell Dirigo's Jake "Knuckles" Newcomb.

Waldoboro — Those driving by Dow’s Discount Furniture on Route 1 in Waldoboro Sunday, Sept. 11, might have glanced off the road and thought they had driven their car through a time portal.

However, that was not the case. The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame, for the second straight year, was hosting a pair of 1860s-era baseball games — right in the organization’s backyard.

The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame shares a building with Dow’s Discount Furniture and, next to that building, a large field that, coupled with the timeless uniforms donned by the players, looked like something out of an old movie.

And it proved a banner day for both Dirigo, the local squad, and Sunrise Club of Brunswick — the only two vintage baseball teams in the state.

Click for photos from the Sept. 11 vintage baseball games.

Both games were seven innings and saw Dirigo swing to a pair of victories. Dirigo jumped out to a sizable lead in game one and swung to a 14-0 win. In game two, both teams found its way into the scoring column, but Dirigo again prevailed, this time by a 22-5 score, to wrap up the day.

In game one, Dirigo scored six in the first, three in the second, two in the third and fourth innings and one in the fifth.

In game two, Dirigo scored three in the first, four in the second, one in the fourth, eight in the fifth and seven in the sixth; while Sunrise Club scored two in the first and third frames and one in the fifth.

The MSHOF exhibit hall also opened for spectators as concessions were served to patrons of the game. Many spectators could be seen sitting in lawn chairs, beds of pickup trucks and on bales of hay, the latter harkening to the days of baseball in the 1800s. Benches, along with the backstop, were also bales of hay, while the score was kept on an old chalkboard.

The game not only included vintage uniforms, but also rules as well, perhaps the biggest being that no gloves were permitted for use — as they were not in those days. The game was also played with a softer, rubber ball, and outs could be produced off a single bounce.

Team members for Dirigo include Jacob "Knuckles" Newcomb, Bob "Badger" Hubbard, Brandon "Beaver" Hubbard, Shep "Old Testament" Brown, Ricky Revilla, Adam "Mountain Man" Newell, Lee Smith, Gordon Paul, Jason Kirk, Eric "Gold Rush" Lee, Eddie Hatrick and Justin "Bulldog" Kirk.

Dirigo, which began its season April 30, sports a record of 7-13-2.

Dirigo will next play Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18, at the Athletic Base Ball Club Festival in Philadelphia, Pa., then face New Hampshire Saturday, Oct. 1, in Old Orchard Beach and wrap up the 2016 season against Sunrise Club Sunday, Oct. 15, in Brunswick.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Eric "Gold Rush" Lee. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Sunrise Club's Joe Baum. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Jason Kirk. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Lee Smith. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Justin Kirk and Scott Hastings. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Ricky Revilla. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Bob Hubbard. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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