Old Timer's Game brings back lots of fond memories for players



It seemed like the old days of the Uncle Billy’s Day festival when the Old Timer’s baseball game was revived this year at the popular festival held May 31-June 1. The heated rivalry between Gretna and Altavista was still burning hot as they “duked” it out over at the Altavista baseball field next to Shreve Park on Saturday. Roughly 200-300 peo-ple came to watch as they sat on bleachers or the grass. Forty-one players par-ticipated on the two teams that were joined by the Lynchburg Hillcats mas-cot. Ronnie Campbell threw out the first pitch.It was a hard fought close game with Gretna coming out on top (this time) at 6-4. Seven in-nings were played. Keith Myers stopped by the Journal Tuesday morning to share the story of the fun they had as well as to remember those who couldn’t be there. He got the Gretna team together and Susan Hammack from Altavista Chamber of Commerce and friends organized the Altavista team. “It brought back a lot of old-time feelings and it was an unanimous con-sensus that everyone had a wonderful time,” he shares. “We would love to continue doing this at UBD as long as we can. Some of us had not seen each other in more than 30 years.” 


For more on this story, see this week's Altavista Journal.