Baseball Hosts Dinner on the Diamond and Throwback Game

Photos from the Penn Baseball Alumni Facebook Group

As the calendar turned to October and the minds of baseball fans in many cities began thinking of postseason matchups in Major League Baseball, 40 former Penn baseball players returned to University City with their focus on the past as part of the third annual Dinner on the Diamond.

What had previously began as a formal dinner on the field at Meiklejohn Stadium has grown in just three years to a "throwback spectacle" featuring baseball alumni from the last five decades of Quaker Baseball.

Outfitted in vintage uniforms and coached by former Penn skipper Bob Seddon and his long-time assistant Bill Wagner, the players picked up wood bats and played seven full innings of ball on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in West Philadelphia. The pitchers may have been ahead of the hitters in a 3-1 decision in favor of Wagner's side, but the action was non-stop in what was anything but an exhibition.

After the game, players took part in a skills competition, stepping to the plate with an eye towards peppering balls of the wall or toeing the rubber one more time in hopes of painting the black of the strikezone.

The forecast of inclement weather for the evening forced the dinner to be moved off the diamond and into Weightman Gym, but the alumni, friends of the program and current parents all gathered with the 2012 edition of the Red and Blue put to work as part of the serving staff.

What is quickly becoming one of Penn Athletics' great alumni relations efforts was once again a success all around, and all signs point to aother fantastic event next fall!