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Dan’s Papers is proud to sponsor the 72nd annual Artist & Writers Charity Softball Game, which is scheduled to return to Herrick Park on Newtown Lane in East Hampton at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 21. Besides baseball that day, there will be food and drinks, a place for spectators, money raised for good causes and a whole lot of fun for all packed into nine innings.

This is the oldest annual softball game in the Hamptons. The first game was played in 1948 in the backyard of the home of artist Wilfrid Zogbaum in Springs, and it was attended by some of the greatest artists of the day. They included Franz Kline, Philip Pavia, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell. It was a softball game without anyone keeping score. And it did include a small grapefruit painted white, which was swapped out with the real softball and pitched to de Kooning, who with a mighty swing, splattered it all over himself.


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