Letter: Hard times for Sunset League
Congratulations to Mike Wakefield and his Glove Works team who won the championship of the 104th season of the Concord Sunset League last fall.
It is always fun to watch a well-played baseball game by talented guys from Greater Concord. But unless some things change, those days may be numbered. I have been involved with the league for almost 40 years, and this past year has to have been the most challenging.
The challenge isn’t finding baseball players; the challenge is finding sponsors and people willing to manage a team.
During the 2011 season we had five teams: Glove Works, Century 21, Grappone, Plymouth and the Wildcats. At the start of the 2012 season we had three sponsors drop out: Grappone, after 50 years, decided to drop its sponsorship, and the Wildcats (a team of mostly Keene State College current and graduate players), and the third team of mostly Plymouth State College players.
So as the season started we only had two sponsors, Glove Works and Century 21, and about 50 players.
Frank DeMaria, a coach in the Over-40 League, stepped up to coach the third team. Through the kind help of Bob Palisi we had 20 uniforms made, at cost, to put a third team in the league. As I am writing, Sanel’s Auto Body has stepped up to be our third sponsor, but we still need help.
Concord has a long and proud tradition of baseball, and we need a few people to step up to sponsor and/or help manage a team so we can have at least four teams for our 105th season.
If you have interest in keeping this tradition going, please contact me at 224-3377 for additional information.