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(J.R.H. 229)

Offered by: Representative Perry of Richford.

Whereas, when the melting snow and flowing maple sap proclaim spring’s arrival, Vermonters turn their thoughts and attention to baseball, America’s quintessential pastime, and

Whereas, in celebration of both Vermont’s enduring passion for the game, and as the birthplace for 34 major league players, the Vermont Historical Society is proudly presenting a unique exhibit, entitled “Baseball in Vermont: An Enduring Love of the Game”, and

Whereas, this exhibit was developed with the encouragement of Tom Simon, the founder of the Larry Gardner chapter of the American Society of Baseball Research, and coincides with the publication of his book, “The Green Mountain Boys of Summer,” which profiles the 34 Vermont native major leaguers, and

Whereas, this exhibit will trace the history of the game in Vermont from the West Pawlet Hickories and the Second Nine Champlain of Vergennes in the 1860s through the present day Vermont Expos, and

Whereas, among the many players portrayed in the exhibit is William Rowley, who was featured on the front page of the April 2, 2000 Living Section of the Burlington Free Press, and who at age 90, still cherishes his memories as a member of the 1930s Franklin County League’s championship team, the Richford Rabbits, and

Whereas, William Rowley, whose baseball glove is on display at the exhibit, recalls the magnificent sum of approximately 70 cents per season that he, and his fellow teammates, earned from voluntary fan contributions, and

Whereas, this colorful exhibit tells the story of Vermont’s most famous players, including Larry Gardner of Enosburg and Ray Collins of Colchester, who, as members of the University of Vermont team, respectively were the first batter and pitcher when Centennial Field opened in 1906, and were destined to play together on the World Champion Red Sox teams of 1912 and 1915, and

Whereas, another early 20th century star, Ray Fisher of Middlebury, is featured as a player for the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds, who later returned for many summers to Vermont as a Northern League coach, in which role he nurtured the careers of future major leaguers, including Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Vermont Historical Society for developing this picturesque baseball history exhibition, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Gainor Davis, the Director of the Vermont Historical Society, to William Rowley in Richford and to Tom Simon in Burlington.