EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 16, 2013

Dominican title 'first base' on display in Lawrence tod

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — When the Dominican Republic captured the World Baseball Classic this past winter, streets came alive in Lawrence.

Hugh Baver will bring a taste of that championship win to the city tomorrow, and the event will benefit the Jimmy Fund along the way. Baver purchased the “first base” from the Classic and ultimately plans on donating it to the Boston Red Sox to display at their “Medias Rojas Baseball Academy” in the Dominican.

Tomorrow, though, Baver will have the base, recently autographed by Dominican sensation David Ortiz, on display for fans to see. First, at 10:30 a.m., the base will be displayed at Lawrence High School, on display for any students and their families wishing to see it. Then, at 1:30 p.m., the base will be moved to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.

Both events are open for the public to enjoy. Baver, who competed in the 1985 World Baseball Open — a pre-cursor to the WBC — will finish his tour in Providence. Then, on July 23, he will hand deliver the historic base to Jesus Alou at the Sox Academy where it will remain.

“I am donating this base because I believe this important piece of baseball history belongs in that part of the world for many to enjoy, be proud of, and be inspired by versus someone like me, an individual collector having it,” said Baver. “I am giving this gift to the Red Sox on behalf of Red Sox nation and the Dominican community of New England in honor of the Jimmy Fund.”