Mark your calendar: Uncle Joe’s Base Ball Jamboree, August 23

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If you’ve been waiting for the right weekend to go see a vintage base ball game in the east central Illinois area, next Saturday is the perfect time to go.  It’s time for the annual Uncle Joe’s Base Ball Jamboree.  I wasn’t able to make it last year and by god, if I have to walk to Danville, I’m going. 

Here’s the scoop:

What:  Uncle Joe’s Base Ball Jamboree, a tournament including some of best vintage base ball teams in the region. 

When:  August 23, 2008. The First game will begin at 11:00am.

Where:  The Jamboree will take place at Danville Stadium, home of the Danville Dans.  Map

What teams are playing?  Teams that are scheduled to participate include the Chicago Salmon, New Baden Juniors, St. Louis Unions and of course, hometown favorites the Vermilion Voles.

Who is Uncle Joe?  Joseph Gurney Cannon (photo above) was a Illinois-bred politician who at the height of his career served as Speaker of the House of Representatives in the early 20th century.  An excellent orator, he had an colorful career to say the least.  A little piece of trivia:  He was first person to be featured on the cover of Time magazine.  You can read more about him on Wikipedia.

Hope to see you there! 

Voles game tomorrow!

If you can’t make it next Saturday, the Vermilion Voles are playing tomorrow at their normal digs, Kennekuk Park at 1pm .  They are playing their popular rivals Rock Spring Ground Squirrels.  Don’t miss the battle of the rodents!!

Vermilion Voles schedule

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