Reliving history at baseball reunion
BASEBALL’S proud history on the Far North Coast will be relived when players from the 1950s-60s gather for a reunion in Lismore next month.
The function at the Lismore Workers Golf Club on Saturday, November 6, will be a celebration of former baseballers now living in Ipswich, Toowoomba and Brisbane, as well as locally.
There will be special emphasis on the night of the many great games that were battled out in the Cohen Cup, a competition between Lismore and Brisbane in the 1950s and ’60s.
Former Queensland, NSW and Australian representative Barry Pratt is helping organise the event.
“It’s been talked about for many years now, but last year we decided to get things going,” Pratt said.
“Some players haven’t seen each other in over 40 years so it should be quite exciting.”
Pratt began his baseball career in 1953 when he filled in for a team in Lismore struggling for players.
“That was the first time I had played the game,” he said.
“It was incredible. We all played without boots and it was really fun.”
Lismore was a dominant force on the Queensland scene with several FNC players of the era making the State team.
Barry Pratt, Michael Nind, David Youngberry, Adrian Meagher, Matt Gahan, Barry Wappett and Harold Crozier went on to play for Australia.
Pratt later represented NSW and was in the Australian baseball team from 1960 to 1968.
“The reunion will be a good get-together with friends I made over the years, across a number of teams,” Pratt said.
“There will be at least 50 people attending but we are hoping to get 70-plus.”
The night will also be memorable for FNC club players and those who went to Country Week carnivals.
Pictures and other memorabilia from the era will be on display.
Former Queensland Baseball Association chairman Kel McBeth will be the master of ceremonies.
The reunion will start at 6.30pm and all are welcome to attend.
Inquiries to Barry Pratt on 6625 1401 or Gary Savins on 6624 1289.