This past weekend, Doc Adams was celebrated at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration with the Doc Adams Old Time Base Ball Festival. As usual, it was a great time for ballists and cranks alike.
In addition to the usual great play demonstrated on the field, there were a couple of surprises. Former Met great and 1969 World Series Champion, Art Shamsky, was on hand to throw out a ceremonial pitch and mingle with the fans.
Also on hand were Zoe and Mike Fimbel from Doc Adams’ birthplace of Mont Vernon, NH to enjoy the festivities. The annual Doc Adams Birthplace Classic is held in Mont Vernon in conjunction with Lamson Farm Day. Zoe is the Chairman of the Lamson Farm Commission/Historical Society Representative.
This year the Doc Adams Birthplace Classie will take a one-year hiatus as it shifts to New Haven, CT as the Doc Adams Memorial Classic. Doc and his family spent their later years in New Haven, and they rest there in Evergreen Cemetery.
As a part of this year’s event, The Knickerbocker Experience will play a period game (details to be announced). In addition, the team will pay a visit to Evergreen Cemetery to pay their respects to this baseball pioneer.
While visiting the area for the Doc Adams Old Time Base Ball Festival, the Fimbels paid their respects to Doc and his wife with a visit to their resting place. Upon seeing the state of the grave markers, they decided to apply some TLC ensuring they will be looking their best for Knickerbockers’ visit. It’s been years since they’ve looked this good. Kudos to Zoe and Mike for their efforts.
Details about the upcoming events will be announced shortly – stay tuned.