BRISTOL – Players from across the northeast will return to Muzzy Field this weekend for a show of vintage baseball, with pandemic-era safety measures in place.
The third-annual John Patrick Martin All-Star Series of Northeast Historic Baseball is set to take place Sunday, Sept. 20 with a tripleheader of 1864-style baseball beginning at 10 a.m.
Series Organizer and President of the Connecticut Bulldogs Historic Baseball Team Chuck Ciccarello is confident in the organization’s ability to ensure a fun and safe event in honor of his personal friend and former colleague, the late-great videographer John P. Martin.
Vintage baseball clubs from across the Northeast partnered to bring the event into its third year, raising thousands of dollars for treatment and research of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which Martin passed away of the day of the inaugural event in 2018.
“It’s the most difficult and greatest thing we’ve done,” Ciccarello said. “I’ve been in contact with John’s wife Adrienne, and we’re asking all the players and fans to make a donation in his name to Compassionate Care ALS. We feel strongly that through our combined efforts we can make a big splash again.”
Martin was known for his dedicated coverage of Boston sports, with a 19-year tenure at the New England Sports Network. The five-time Emmy Award winner is remembered for his unending joy, humor and energy.
Players are travelling from across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Maine, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Ohio to take part in the series. They will be in the Bristol area for less than 24 hours and have been briefed on local covid-19 protocol.
“Players will be using their own bats and wearing facial coverings, with social-distancing in the bench areas and the stands,” Ciccarello said.
Spectators are being asked not to sit amongst non-family groups and to utilize on-site hand sanitizer stations. Muzzy Field’s concessions stand will be closed, but restrooms will remain open.
Physical contact such as handshakes and high-fives are prohibited between players and fans.
At 9:40 a.m. outside of Muzzy’s main entrance, the Ed Elmore Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Baseball Studies will be presented to Dr. Brian Travers, captain of the Providence Grays.
Elmore founded the Brooklyn Atlantics and is one of the earliest proponents of the national undertaking to bring back vintage baseball. He was presented the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence in Baseball Studies last year and this year, will be making the presentation to Dr. Travers.
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