Play Ball!

Just like today, spring in 1948 and 1949 meant it was time to play baseball at Consolidated School. But that is where the similarity ends.

In those years Consolidated School included grades 1 thru 8 and the average class size was less than 20 students. It took the boys from 6th, 7th and 8th grades to make enough players for two teams at recess. The school had very little or no athletic equipment so the boys brought their own. Some were fortunate enough to have gone to Rocano’s Sporting Goods store on White Street in Danbury and Mom and Dad bought them a Spaulding or Rawlings leather baseball glove. This was a prized possession! One of the former students remembers he sent for a glove from Sears Roebuck Co. for $6 or $7 and when it arrived it didn’t look anything like the picture in the catalog, but he used it anyway. A good baseball probably cost $1 but you could buy one for 69 cents at Woolworths. The problem with that one was after it had been hit a few times it became lopsided or torn. If a ball was hit into the brush that surrounded the playground the game stopped and everyone looked for the ball.