2018-08-08 / Communities


A reminder to come to the Baseball in Hamden Celebration and Reunion on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 4 p.m. at the Hamden Town Pavilion. Current and former Hamden players and interested folk should have fun looking through scrapbooks and memorabilia of the very Hamden men’s and women’s teams, especially from the 1940s through the 1980s. (New York State Legislature recently designated that baseball is New York’s favorite pastime.) This has been true for Hamden since it became a town in 1825. The event will begin with welcome remarks by Alice Blackman, who instigated the purchase of the flags commemorating baseball in Hamden in 1825 which fly on Route 10 and will soon fly in DeLancey. Her committee of Tracy Layaou, MaryAnn Merrill, Loretta Foster, Maureen O’Brien, Betty Pinney, Jamie O’Donnell and Ginny Wilcox helped her with fundraising. After Alice’s remarks, Town Supervisor Wayne Marshfield, who played on a Hamden team when he was younger, will add his remarks as will Mac Crawford who kept baseball in Hamden to this day, holding an annual baseball game at Crawford field on the second Saturday of August. Mac’s great-grandfather was H.B. Goodrich, one of the 1825 named Hamden baseball team. Jamie will explain the softball game (a few innings) which will follow the celebration opening. Depending on the number of people who want to play, more than one game may be played. Supervisor Marshfield will throw out the first pitch. If you would like to bat but not run, bring a child or teenager to run for you or some teens will be at the event to help out. Players, etc., will be announced by Rod Helsen. Bill Seneschal will provide music; the Delhi Fire Department will sell hot dogs and hamburgers. The annual Crawford baseball game played on Crawford field on Launt Hollow Road is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. All are welcome at the pavilion for the baseball celebration at 4 p.m.

Church services for Sunday, Aug. 12 will be held in the Hamden Church at 11; Rev. Connie Stone will lead the service - stay and enjoy coffee. The annual church picnic will be Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Hamden Town Pavilion at 11 a.m. Installation for Rev. Connie will be Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. at the West Delhi Church.

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