A little baseball lesson on the streets of Damariscotta

The kiddos and I stumbled into a really cool and informative baseball moment this morning in Damariscotta. Bud Elwin, a.k.a. Ted Williams, had set up a raffle ticket selling display in front of the Maine Coast Book Shop & Cafe. With all of the Red Sox gear and Bud’s striking resemblance to the infamous Ted Williams, we had to see what was up!

Connor and Maddie pose with Bud 'Ted Williams' Elwin

Connor and Maddie pose with Bud 'Ted Williams' Elwin

On a rainy Friday morning, the bookstore was bustling; the smell of fresh coffee and books was a welcoming and intoxicating mix. Outside, we stopped to see what the fully-uniformed Bud was up to. It turns out he volunteers to raise money for assorted charities of his choosing.

Bud Elwin discusses the anatomy of a baseball with Connor and Maddie

Bud Elwin discusses the anatomy of a baseball with Connor and Maddie

This year he chose to sell raffle tickets for “Healthy Kids,” a community based family and professional network, offering support and educational outreach to families throughout Lincoln County. He’s raffling off Red Sox gear with the grand prize being an authentic, signed and framed photo of Ted Williams.

Bud shows the kids the diference between a brand-new baseball and one that has been "mudded"

Bud shows the kids the diference between a brand-new baseball and one that has been "mudded"

We learned from Bud that Major League baseball goes through about 170,000 baseballs in a season, that the average game baseball sees about 6 pitches, the wool used inside is from New Zealand sheep, and one of the most interesting facts: when a baseball comes out of the factory, it’s far to smooth to be pitched effectively. The baseballs are treated with mud – literally – harvested from the Delaware River in New Jersey. A very fun and informative visit to Damariscotta, for sure! Stop by and see Bud if you’re in town, he knows his stuff when it comes to Red Sox baseball.

Baseball rubbing mud, the exclusive treatment for Major League baseball's baseballs!

Baseball rubbing mud, the exclusive treatment for Major League baseball's baseballs!


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