Cloudbusters go for 2 in a row Sept. 4
Last year the Camp Creek Cloudbusters, flag-bearers of community vintage-baseball pride, finally emerged triumphant over a team of Denver-area all-stars in the
annual Labor Day game at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.
So does that mean the local lads will be complacent going into this year's encounter, scheduled at noon Monday, Sept. 4 in the ranch's hayfield? Not for a moment, responded player/coach (also ranch manager) Andy Morris. “Now that we have taste for what victory is, we want to keep it,” he said, referring to the six losses and one tie in the preceding seven years. “We'll have some big surprises that will catch our opponents off-guard.”
The game, played by 1800s rules in which players did not wear fielding gloves, will be a featured part of the last day of Rock Ledge's summer schedule, in which the ranch at 30th Street and Gateway Road has been open Wednesday through Sunday. The hours Sept. 4 will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission prices, which include all ranch activities that day, are $6 for adults, with lower prices for seniors, teens and youngsters.
After Labor Day, Morris noted, “we will transition from a daily living history program to special events and demonstrations and programs throughout the fall.” In September, these will include the annual Folk Art Festival Sept. 15-17 and a master-blacksmith demonstration Sept. 23.
But back to the game. Morris was careful at first to refer to the Denver players, most of whom compete all summer in a league played by early baseball rules, as “worthy foes.” But when pressed by a local yellow journalist seeking better copy (and reminded of the game two years ago when the opponents decided at the last moment to play by 1860s instead of 1880s rules), Morris conceded that his foes - advertised as the “Colorado All-Stars” - are probably also “horsewhippers, pot- lickers, claim-jumpers and copperheads.”
Morris also lavished praise on the local “cranks” (the early-baseball word for fans), who were allowed to play a helpful role in the 1800s. In last year's game, two would-be All-Star homeruns were caught by cranks and tossed back to Cloudbuster players for outs. “It'll be good to have them out there rooting for the home team,” he said.
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