Fort Concho to host a weekend of baseball history

Fort Concho National Historic LandmarkFort Concho National Historic Landmark (photo by Sandy Rojas/San Angelo NOW)

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark is hosting a weekend of baseball history April 15-16 with presentations on religion and America’s pastime, baseball literature, famous ballparks and the story behind the seventh inning stretch.

Activities will be held in Officers’ Quarters 8, 215 E. Avenue D, both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Co-sponsored by Fort Concho, its vintage baseball program and the Texas Vintage Baseball organization, the program is seeking to promote the West Texas chapter of the Society for Baseball Research.

Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday with presentations that include “Religion and Baseball,” and “The Game That Was Never Played.”

Saturday’s activities begin at 8;30 a.m. with a presentation and clinic about vintage baseball skills and a mock vintage game, followed by talks about the history of vintage baseball, the story behind the song, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” the histories of baseball literature and umpiring and the evolution of ballparks. Evolution of ballparks will be presented by Fort Concho Manager Bob Bluthardt.

A book display, silent auction, raffles and book sales will be held during the event. Coffee, sodas and desserts will be available Friday and a light breakfast will be served Saturday to all registered attendees. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for children ages 7-14.

For more information, contact Warren Simpson at warren.simpson@angelo.edu or Bob Bluthardt at robert.bluthardt@cosatx.us or 325-234-0316.