A little human interest story as to why Braves and Red Sox.

My name is Dick Hill, and I started the fundraiser Lights For Maine Baseball.

I have been playing baseball since the 1950s, first in Babe Ruth baseball in Bath Maine, and now with the Maine Woods Baseball League. All these years we have never had a field that has lights, and so we can only play during the day. By providing lights, the local high school, Babe Ruth, the legion, and the adult leagues will be able to play more games, and our city can host tournaments.

I grew up in Manchester, NH, and Dad took me to see the Boston Braves in 1949. One game and I was a lifetime fan. The Milwaukee Journal and the Atlanta Journal Constitution were sent to me wherever I was for the next 50 years.

I have played baseball all of my life. When released by the Red Sox, I pitched batting practice in Fenway and was Tony Conigliaro's personal practice pitcher.

After coaching little league for 19 years I formed the Maine Woods Baseball League in 2000. That's when I started playing again, along with going to the Roy Hobbs World Series every year since 2000. For the past 5 years I have also been going to the Atlanta Braves Fantasy Camps.


I am very fortunate to still be playing at age 80, and look forward to playing under the lights.