July 22, 2016
The Battle For Old Soldiers - Fundraiser for the Dayton VA Hospital
Final Tally --> Over $1,000 raised !
The Iron Horses were privliged to represent Dayton and have an opportunity to give back to the community by being a part of The Battle For Old Soldiers. This was a fundraising event for the volunteer services of the Dayton VA, part of the United We Serve program. The vintage game was played on the grounds of the Dayton VA campus, which was home to a base ball team in the 19th century. Ohio Representative Rick Perales organized a team of elected officials (The Electric Officials) from the local area who agreed to take on the Iron Horses in a match of 1860s rules base ball.
As part of the event, the VA organized a silent as well as organized concessions and music to entertain the crowd as part of the event. The VA cleared the paperwork required for play, got the word out to local veterans - including those living on-campus, got folks to provide food, and helped set up the framework for a silent auction. Iron Horses contributed to and ran the auction, set up the field, and then did a quick batting practice and training session with the Electric Officials on vintage base ball - with many of them never even having seen a game.
After a reading of the "Defence of Fort McHenry," both squads put the expected gracious behavior on display for a spectator audience of over 100 folks (a count of 115 people circulated at one point). The crowd learned rules from different years of play from the 1860s, with the Electric Officials getting to use the 1860 bound rule while they were on defense and the Iron Horses playing 1869 fly rules on defense.
It was a wonderful night for all involved with talk of a repeat event being set up for next year alongside rumors of maybe other future Iron Horse home games being played at the same field should Eastwood be unavailable due to scheduling conflicts. At the end of the night, it was an opportunity for our officials to get out and enjoy time together away from day-to-day politics, promote the gentlemanly game of Vintage Base Ball, but most importantly, raise money for our Veterans who have given us the freedom to play this game we love.