After having the extreme honor of marching in the Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade, and paying our respects to our fallen war heroes, the Wahoo Base Ball Club, and the Lah-De-Dahs of Greenfield Village, were ready to play the match of the day. .
It was a sunny, and very warm 30th May at Starr – Jaycee Park, and getting warmer by the minute. The Field was a bit soggy, especially in the out-field. A larger number of cranks to see a Wahoo Home match cannot be remembered. The umpire was making his debut this day, and perhaps his swan song appearance as well. His actions and spoken word should have earned him some
rather stiff fines on a couple occasions.
The fine guests of the Wahoo Club, the Lah-De-Dahs, had the opportunity to strike first, and that they did rather well. They tallied 4 aces in the very 1st inning, with no answer from the Home Gentlemen. In the 2nd frame, the Visitors were held scoreless, and then thanks much to the fine striking of the Holman Brothers & Father & Son Gormans, the Royal Oak Club tallied 4 aces to tie the count at 4 each. Many a ballists uniforms were soiled and muddy, due to some fine plays in the field by both fine Ball Clubs.Starting in the 3rd inning, through the 6th, it was the Greenfield Village Club that continued to strike well. They tallied 3 in the 3rd, 4 in the 4th, 1 in the 5th, and 4 again in the 6th frame to take a large 16 – 4 lead. The Royal Oak Nine did not give up though, tallying 1 ace in their 6th inning, 2 in the 7th, and 2 more in the 8th to close the count gap to 16 – 9. Neither Club was able to tally anything in the 9th, as the sun and heat took its toll on many of the ballists. The Final count was 16 – 9 in favor of the Village Nine, the Wahoo Club will have another crack at the Lah-De-Dahs later in the summer.
Thanks to our fine guests for traveling in from Dearborn, and also to all the cranks that made it out. We hope you enjoyed your afternoon, and come watch us again.
BONUS: Enjoy some more great photos of Memorial Day in Royal Oak, including this base ball match at: http://royaloak.patch.com/articles/photos-memorial-day-in-royal-oak#photo-6323210