Glens Fall Dragons Suit Up For Slate Valley Museum Benefit

Glens Fall Dragons Suit Up For Slate Valley Museum Benefit

Glens Fall Dragons Suit Up For Slate Valley Museum Benefit

The baseball players were members of Poultney’s Civilian Conservation Corps team during the 1940s.

The baseball players were members of Poultney’s Civilian Conservation Corps team during the 1940s.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, the Glens Falls Dragons will bring some of that history back to life as they wear caps from the 1940/41 Glens Falls Wingers team as a fundraiser for the Slate Valley Museum (SVM). The team’s general manager Ben Benard states, “The Glens Falls Dragons are happy to partner with the Slate Valley Museum for a great fundraiser and special event honoring baseball during the 1940s. We look forward to a good night of baseball and hope to see baseball fans from the Vermont/New York areas.” Tickets for the fundraising game are available through the Slate Valley Museum. The hats worn by the players will be auctioned as part of the fundraising effort. The game will be played at East Field, 65 Haskell Avenue, Glens Falls, N.Y.

The Wingers played for two seasons in the Vermont Northern League, a collegiate league similar to the Perfect Game League in which the Dragons currently play. The Northern League started in the 1920s, consisting mostly of teams from New York’s Adirondack resort towns, and continued until World War II. After the war, the League restarted and continue into the 1950s.

SVM’s current exhibition, ‘A New Deal for the Hills and the Valleys,’ highlights the Great Depression era programs that produced various works of art and work projects for employment. The Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) was the very first of these work projects, and a portion of the exhibit also documents baseball as an important recreation program. The Poultney CCC program in 1940 fielded a New England CCC; they lost 12 to 2, but the memories lasted a lifetime. Robert Rak, a son of one of the team’s members recalls, “My father, Stanley Rak, spoke to me about that game. He had great memories of his time in the CCC. He told me, “The team, gave it their best, but they were playing against a very good team.”’

For details, call the Museum, Tuesday through Saturday, at 518-642-1417.

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