Game Played for The Jimmy Fund in Honor of Late Red Sox Pitcher Jim Corsi
Cambridge’s Annual Celebration of Baseball Returned to St. Peter’s Field on Wednesday, Aug 24 at 6pm.
It’s throwback uniforms. It’s period music. It’s local baseball talent. Put it all together and you have the 28th annual Abbot Financial Management Oldtime Baseball Game, which was played Wednesday, August 24 at 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Field on Sherman Street in North Cambridge.
About a month before his death, Corsi did an emotional interview with WBZ-TV sports anchor Steve Burton in which he spoke of the importance of colonoscopy screening. In the last weeks of his own life, then, Corsi was working to save the lives of others; in that spirit, this year’s Oldtime Baseball Game will be played as a benefit for the Jimmy Fund.
Specifically, funds will be directed to the Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Jim Corsi’s family, working in concert with the Oldtime Baseball Game, chose the Young-Onset Center as this year’s beneficiary.
Corsi had a special relationship with the Oldtime Baseball Game, as he pitched in it in 2002 and 2003 after his major-league career ended. He was the first former Red Sox player to appear in the game.
The Oldtime Baseball Game, founded in Cambridge in 1994, is a summertime celebration of baseball. What makes the game special is its dazzling collection of flannel uniforms that represent virtually every era in baseball history. Used just once a year for the Oldtime Baseball Game, these recreations represent such long-ago teams as the Boston Braves, St. Louis Browns, Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Athletics.
Representing the Negro Baseball Leagues are uniforms from the Homestead Grays, Kansas City Monarchs, Cleveland Buckeyes, Baltimore Elite Giants, Detroit Stars and Boston Royal Giants. Former minor-league teams are represented by the Oakland Oaks, San Francisco Seals, Wichita Falls Spudders and Hollywood Stars.
Dr. Kimmie Ng, Director of Clinical Research at Dana-Farber’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Center, leads the way in the Dana-Farber’s Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center. She and her team are specialized in research and care for patients under 50 by developing new and innovative strategies for prevention, early detection, and treatment. They work to address the increasing instances of colorectal cancer in young people and to advocate for early detection. The Young-Onset Center also provides young adult patients and family members with support and services, including convenient colonoscopy screening.
Admission to the Oldtime Baseball Game is free. Fans are asked to bring a beach blanket or chair and camp out along the foul lines, as it is the crowd that makes the game so electric.