A baseball outing at Somerset Patriots With my mom


Baseball- America’s pastime….”Popcorn, peanuts, candy apples”…

With the upcoming home game of the Somerset Patriots vs the Southern  Maryland Blue Crabs that we are attending ,  I am showing photos with a baseball theme, including Mickey Mantle’s restaurant.


“Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game.”

Quote by: Jacques Barzyn, French-born American author.


Rule 5.01  :

The plate umpire shall call “Play ” as soon as the pitcher takes his place on his plate  with the ball in his possession.

On June 12,  1939:

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y.


At the Somerset Patriots:   Affordable Family Fun

At the beginning, there is a try-out for the kids, who gets to sing the Star Spangled Banner with the microphone.

Before the game starts baseballs are thrown out to the different sections of the audience , and if there is a baseball  from the players coming in the direction of the stands, the kids in the audience have their baseball mitts on ready to catch.

Sparky the mascot:

Sparky is named for the  field manger, Sparky Lyle.

Walks around through the stands before the game and shakes hands with the kids.

Before the game, Sparky runs the bases by himself.

During intermission, children who are celebrating their birthday that day can come onto the ballfield for gifts.    


Somerset  Patriots mascot

Somerset Patriots mascot



To the left of the food court, there were games for the kids.  An  example is a free spin the wheel (like a carnival), for the prize according to the word or number the pointer lands on when it stops.  I recall it could be a hat, a whistle, a keychain, a ball.

Baseball History:

Baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday at Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1839 and erceted in that town is the Hall of Fame and National Museum of Baseball.


The first team baseball as know today was played at the Elysian Fields , Hoboken, New Jersey, on June 19, 1846 between the Knickerbockers and the New York Nine.

Over the next fifty years, there was a gradual growth of baseball and an improvement of playing equipment and playing skill.


The standard ball of the same size and weight , still the rule was adoped in 1872.  The first catcher’s mask was worn in 1875.

The three strike rule was put on the books in 1887, and the four ball ticket to first base was instituted in 1889.  The pitching distance was lenghtened to 60 feet 6 inches in 1893 , and the rules have been modified only slightly since that time.

The National League was organized in 1876.

The first World Series was played in 1903.

 Boston and Pittsburgh, the top American and National League teams found themselves competing against one another in the First official World Series.


Restaurant with a Baseball Theme:

Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant and Sports Bar

It opened in 1988, and established itself as a New York institution in popularity.

Events hosted there have been birthday parties, autograph shows, charity auctions, weddings, press conferences and dinner parties.

Mickey Mantles’ is the site of several live  sports radio programs broadcasted weekly. 

You can purchase the sports memorabilia that you see around you in the Gotta Have It!  store within the restaurant.












Lunch at Mickey Mantles' in NYC

Lunch at Mickey Mantles' in NYC







While dining one can enjoy the  views of historic Central Park  and horse-drawn


























%d bloggers like this: