Vintage baseball game at Oak Park in Greenfield canceled

Dirigo Vintage Base Ball Club plays at the Gettysburg National Base Ball Festival. The club was supposed to play at Oak Park in Greenfield Sept. 17, but the game was canceled.

Dirigo Vintage Base Ball Club plays at the Gettysburg National Base Ball Festival. The club was supposed to play at Oak Park in Greenfield Sept. 17, but the game was canceled. —PHOTO COURTESY DIRIGO VINTAGE BASE BALL CLUB

By AIDAN BEAROR

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Published: 08-09-2023 11:18 AM

A vintage baseball game at Oak Park organized by the Greenfield Historical Society to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organization has been canceled due to a logistical oversight. 

Lenny Cornwell, president of the Greenfield Historical Society and the organizer of the event, had been attempting to book the Dirigo Vintage Baseball Club for the game for years, and a spot on the schedule opened for the game to be played on Sept. 17. The Greenfield Tractor Club has been meeting at Oak Park on that date for decades, and Cornwell was able to establish a sharing of the space.

The game was to only be played within the confines of the baseball diamond, which is sized for Little League. However, after the captain of the Dirigo Club looked up the field on an internet map, it was determined that without the addition of the soccer field at Oak Park, which will be used by the tractor club at that time, the field was not useable.

“I never gave it a thought because everybody plays ball there,” said Cornwell. “There's a fence there and that's too restrictive for these guys. And the baselines are a lot closer. So it just didn't happen.”

Cornwell is slated to retire as president of the Greenfield Historical Society at the end of the year, and will not be rescheduling the game.

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