History of Baseball in the Blackstone Valley
Thu, Aug 15, 2013
Times: 5:30 PM
Venue: Asa Waters Mansion
123 Elm Street, Millbury, MA 01527Contact:
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The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and the Friends of Asa Waters Mansion "Team Up" to present, "The Revival of the Original Lyceum - Topic: Baseball in the Blackstone Valley" on Thursday, August 15, 2013.
"When it comes to singling out and naming the hotbed of Baseball in these United States, you can cross off your list such cities as New York, Boston, Chicago and Detroit. The most re-blooded center in America, inch for inch, soul for soul, is in the Blackstone Valley." -Worcester Massachusetts Spy, 1926
Before a professional minor league system existed, the Blackstone Valley League, an industrial league, played some of the finest baseball in America. The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and Friends of Asa Waters Mansion will present a Lyceum Program in honor of the 200th anniversary of the town of Millbury (where the first American Lyceum was held in 1826). A panel, lead by Park Ranger Chuck Arning, will discuss the early beginnings of baseball in America, and the role of the league in the development of the Blackstone Valley right up to its demise in 1950. Refreshments will be for sale by Creedon and Company who will be offering "ballpark favorites" such as Fenway franks, popcorn, lemonade, Coca-cola, and, for those over 21, the epoch Narragansett beer (served in Fenway park from WWII until the 1970s, now once again brewed in Providence). Guests are encouraged to wear a favorite baseball cap, bring vintage gloves, bats, or old baseballs to show fellow fans.
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be for sale beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the program starting at 6:30 p.m. The Asa Waters Mansion, located at 123 Elm Street, in Millbury, Massachusetts is listed on the state and national registers of historic sites. For further information contact the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor at www.blackstonevalleycorridor.org or 401- 762-0250, or the Mansion at 508-865-0855, www.asawaters.org. Follow Face book: Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (Official)