“If you build it, he will come,” are the enigmatic words whispered to Ray Kinsella.
Well, Shoeless Joe Jackson didn’t show up Saturday night in Dyersville, Iowa, but 41 vintage base ball players did. They came from four states, nine teams, ranged in age from late teens to early seventies, four of them were women and all had a great time!
This was the third annual Vintage Base Ball Night at the “Field of Dreams” Movie Set hosted by the Apple Jacks Base Ball Club of La Crescent.
The weather was overcast, but the clouds parted enough to show the sun and later the crescent moon. The temperature was perfect for playing base ball. Fans came from as far away as Decatuer, Illinois, to watch the proceedings. They were quite pleased with the evening’s exhibitions.
In order to achieve competitive balance, the players were distributed across four teams. The games were played by the rules of 1860 but, because of the fun nature of the evening, aces were not officially counted.
Participating for the Jacks were Joel “Hefty” Affeldt who also captained the Green team, Dan “Skunk” Deetz, Samuel “Roundabout” Deetz, Mike “Mickey’ Jaquette, Jon “Numbers” Jones, Bill “Ho-hum” Ohm, Jim “Red” Johnson, Scott “Roman” Pechacek and Gary “Big Weas” Pericak.
Each team played every other team, round robin fashion. Peter “Prince Peter” Petersille umpired all six games without a controversial call.
The Apple Jacks next games will be Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Highland Prairie Lutheran Church grounds against the Highland Prairie Hayseeds and the Lanesboro Excelsiors.
If you would like to join the Apple Jacks on the field, kindly call Captain Joel “Hefty” Affeldt at 608-769-1782 or Captain Emeritus Bill “Ho-hum” Ohm at 507-895-6912 for more details.
The Apple Jacks Base Ball Club is a community outreach program of the La Crescent Area Historical Society and respectfully acknowledges its eminent corporate sponsor, Merchants Bank- La Crescent.