Let's Play Ball

Videos from the Exhibit

Let’s Play Ball (Mar. 21, 2015-Sept. 4, 2016) in the Changing Exhibit Gallery depicted aspects of semi-professional and professional baseball from the 1900s to the present.  Artifacts and images highlighted some of the 92 semi-professional teams that existed at one time or another in San Mateo County. The exhibit also featured professional players who grew up in San Mateo County and honored players who made the area their home after retirement.

In the process of developing the exhibit, 9 video oral history interviews were conducted to explore different aspects of baseball history.  Highlights from those interviews were shown in the exhibit and are shared here.

Professional Baseball Stories

The San Francisco Seals.  

Con Dempsey's experience with the San Francisco Seals as told by his son, David Dempsey.

Length: about 5 minutes

San Francisco Giants

Hank Sauer, Sr. and the San Francisco Giants as told by his son, Hank Sauer, Jr.

Length: About 4 minutes

A Baseball Family

The experience of John, Gary, Keith and Dan Hernandez as told by Gary Hernandez.

Length: about 5 1/2 minutes

Playing in the Minor League

Hank Sauer, Jr. shares his experience playing in the Minor League.

Length: about 4 minutes

Life in the Minor League

Jim and Charlene Liggett discuss what life was like when he played in the Minor League.

Length: About 6 minutes

The Longest Scoreless Game

David Turnbull talks about his experience pitching during the longest scoreless game, May 9, 1965.  The game had 25 scoreless innings.

Length: about 5 1/2 minutes

Semi-Professional Baseball

What is Semi-Professional?

Pete Cacconi, David Dempsey, Gary Hernandez, Hank Sauer, Jr., David Turnbull and John Ward define semi-professional baseball.

Length: about 4 minutes

Good Old Sand Lot Days

John Ward talks about developing his website Good Old Sand Lot Days that highlights the semi-professional teams in Northern California starting in the late 1800s.

Lenth: about 5 minutes

Playing Semi-Professional, 1950s-1960s

Pete Cocconi discusses playing semi-professional baseball in the 1950s-1960s.

Length: about 3 1/2 minutes

Playing Semi-Professional 1980s

David Dempsey talks about playing semi-professional baseball in the 1980s.

Length: about 4 minutes

Menlo Park Legends

David Klein talks about starting the Menlo Park Legends.

Lenth: about 3 1/2 minutes

Old-Timers Game

Interviews at the Second Annual Old-Timers Game, 1993.

Community Stories

Encountering Baseball Legends

Pete Cocconi, David Dempsey, Gary Hernandez, Hank Sauer, Jr. and David Turnbull share stories of encountering baseball legends.

Length: about 8 1/2 minutes 

The Winningest Coach in California Girls' Softball

Jim and Charlene Liggett talk about his experience as the Winningest Coach in California Girls' Softball.

Note: Jim Liggett had won 1,009 games as a girls' softball coach when he retired in 2016.

Length: about 4 minutes

Coaching Youth Baseball

David Dempsey and Gary Hernandez share memories of having their fathers coach youth baseball.  Pete Cocconi, Hank Sauer, Jr., and Gary Hernandez talk about coaching youth baseball in the area.

Length: about 6 minutes

Remembering the San Francisco Seals

Michael Casey shares his memories of being a fan of the San Francisco Seals.

Length: about 5 1/2 minutes