Fayetteville Baseball Fever
Catch Fayetteville Baseball Fever when it strikes March 7 & 8, with these two events that celebrate and commemorate the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s home run in Fayetteville. It occurred on March 7, 1914 at the fairgrounds. “The first professional home run of my life,” says Ruth in his book, The Babe Ruth Story, by Babe Ruth as told to Bob Considine (published in 1948).
Fri. Mar. 7, 2:00 -- FREE PROGRAM CHANGE ALERT: DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE RE-DEDICATION OF THE MARKER WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE UPSTAIRS OF THE MARKET HOUSE.
Re-dedication of the “Babe Ruth” highway marker
Join us for a re-dedication of the 1952 historic highway marker honoring Babe Ruth’s first home run as a paid professional baseball player. Friday March 7, marks the 100th anniversary of his home run, which he hit during spring training in 1914. The 19-year-old George Herman Ruth was playing for the Baltimore Orioles, and at the fairgrounds, knocked one out of the ballpark. Location: Upstairs in the Market House. (This changed from the original location, which was at 558 Gillispie St. at the DOT facility. Due to inclement weather the ceremony will be held upstairs in the Market House.)
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Sat. Mar. 8, 11:00 -- FREE
Vintage Baseball Game
Catch Fayetteville Baseball Fever by attending a Vintage Base Ball game at Arnette Park. Vintage Base Ball is baseball played by the rules and customs of the 19th century. This game will follow the 1864 rules as adopted by the National Association of Base-ball Players, which are similar to today’s modern game. However, players will be dressed in the traditional uniforms of the past, and play barehanded using balls and bats meeting the 1864 requirements. No gloves here folks! For more information about Vintage Base Ball visit the Vintage Base Ball Association’s website at http://vbba.org/. Arnette Park is located at 2165 Wilmington Hwy, Fayetteville, NC 28306.
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Sun. Apr. 27, 2:00 pm -- Free
Civil War Medicine: Myth and Reality
Dr. Matt Farina is back with another wonderful presentation: Civil War medicine. Civil War medicine has been described as the 3 “B’s” – butchery, barbaric and brutal. Dr. Farina states that we must look at medicine, and even soldiering, in the context of the time in which it occurred. Civil War medicine was flawed; but whether we believe it or not, great advances occurred in medicine because of the war. This presentation will deal with some of the truths and myths about 19th Century medicine and will cover the practical advances that occurred during the war, but are often overlooked. A replica capital amputation kit and other medical items will be on display as part of this presentation. FREE!
Thurs. May 8, 7:00 pm -- Free
Theophilus Hunter Holmes: A North Carolina General in the Civil War
Author Walter Hilderman will present on the topic of his latest book, Theophilus Hunter Holmes: A North Carolina General in the Civil War. Holmes was a Sampson County native, graduated from West Point, served in the Seminole and Mexican-American wars. He rose to the rank of Lt. Gen. in the Confederacy. After the war, he settled in Fayetteville where he is buried. Book signing to follow.