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Baseball Open Mic Event
July 20, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
The Woodbury Public Library will celebrate that great American pastime baseball with an open mic Library’s Gallery Space.
Featured poets are Bill Moorhead of Southbury and Ed Dzitko of Woodbury. The event will be moderated by Woodbury Poet Laureate Sandy Carlson. Moorhead plays regular fast-pitch hardball in a league in Rhode Island and in tournaments in Florida. He went 2-0 for the D.C. classics in the 2011 Men’s Senior World Series, 55+ division, and shared the MVP award.
Dzitko has 30 years of experience covering youth, high school, and adult sports for newspapers and radio in western Connecticut, and several online publications. He spent 10 years as a youth baseball and basketball coach and was a nationally certified soccer, baseball, and softball official for 15 years. His lifelong affinity for baseball, its history, and the Yankees started with his first trip to The House That Ruth Built when he was four years old.
Following the featured poets, others will be invited to the microphone to share their baseball poetry or their favorite baseball-related poems. The open mic will close with a community reading of “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Thayer. This year marks the 135th anniversary of Thayer’s publication of the poem.