|Vol. 17, No. 26||April 2, 1998|
An earlier UpDate story on this game said it would be the first time the Blue Hens team had played a professional baseball team, but according to Delaware author, historian and former alumni relations director T. Elbert Chance, AS '52, the Blue Hens met the Philadelphia Athletics in an exhibition game in 1943.
Chance said,"When the federal government imposed wartime restrictions on travel by professional baseball clubs, the Philadelphia Athletics conducted its spring training at the Wilmington Ball Park, then at 30th Street and Governor Printz Boulevard, and the home park of the original Blue Rocks.
"The first exhibition game for the Athletics also was the season opener for the Blue Hens, who made an impressive showing against the major leaguers in a 2-0 loss," Chance said. "The Hens received excellent pitching from four players, including three scoreless innings from their Little All American football guard Hugh Bogovich, a fine all-around athlete, who allowed only one hit."
Now, more than a half century later, area fans will be able to see the what occurs during the second professional team matchup with the Blue Hens.
Tickets for the April 8 game are $4 for adults and $2 for students and children ages 4-12. Tickets are available at the season-ticket office and at the stadium the day of the game.