Take Me Out to the Ballpark

Altenburg Ballfield
Altenburg Ballpark

The time has come.  The area schools have all dismissed for the summer.  The weather has turned warmer.  Children are wandering the streets of Altenburg looking for something to do.  It’s time to hear the umpire shout, “Play Ball!”

The ballpark in Altenburg shown above will be home for plenty of action in the coming weeks.  Coach-pitch baseball and fast-pitch softball games have all been scheduled to take place here and at the ballpark in Frohna.

Not only will people gather here to watch the action on the field, but this location becomes the center of Altenburg social life during this season.  Quite a few local residents come to the ballpark not only to see some games, but to see one another, tell some stories, and eat some good food.  The concession stand is especially well-known for its fried fish, served on a piece of white bread to help soak up some excess grease, and its cold beer.

Beer and fish
Beer, fish, and softball

East Perry County has a rich history in playing baseball and softball.  Each town had its own teams which were very competitive with one another.  In recent years, most of the action has switched over to fast-pitch softball teams representing area churches.  Here is a wonderful photo of the Frohna baseball team from about 1905.

1905 Frohna Baseball Team
Frohna Baseball Team – 1905

If you come to Altenburg on a Sunday night, be prepared to hear the crack of the bat, the barkings of the umpire, and the play-by-play blaring over the loudspeakers.  Make the whole experience complete with some cold beer and some tasty fish.


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