When Verni Carter visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in August with his wife, Suzann, he was surprised to come across a little piece of his hometown’s history. So was Dunsmuir native Anthony Congi when he and his wife, Jennifer, visited the Cooperstown, NY museum for their first anniversary last month.
As Suzann was browsing a wall display dedicated to Babe Ruth, she looked up and noticed the word “Dunsmuir” in bold red letters.
“I was wondering, is there another Dunsmuir in the United States?” Suzann said. She called Verni over, and sure enough, the poster was advertising the Great Bambino’s Oct. 22, 1924 visit to the one and only Dunsmuir, California.
“It’s one of the posters that shop owners could put in their windows advertising the game,” said Verni.
“Growing up in Dunsmuir, I was honestly blown away when I saw a mention of Dunsmuir,” said Congi, who used to go by “TC” and is now a news reporter and anchor for the CBS affiliate in western New York.
Congi said there were several other posters on the wall, including ones from exhibition games The Babe played in San Francisco, Fresno and Los Angeles.
“Growing up in Dunsmuir and playing baseball at that park, I’ve seen the picture of Babe Ruth at that field and I knew the story, but I never expected to see Dunsmuir in the Baseball Hall of Fame,” Congi said. “It was so random, I just couldn’t believe it was my hometown.”
The poster reads, “Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel Famous Yankee Stars will play an exhibition game of Baseball at Dunsmuir Wednesday Afternoon, Oct. 22, 2:30 Under Auspices Dunsmuir Lions Club.”
Underneath that, the poster says, “Mayor Cornish has declared a half holiday! Admission: Adults $1.10 Including War Tax Children 25¢”
Both the Carters and Congi were sure to take a picture of the poster before they left.
Verni encouraged anyone, whether they are “baseball fanatics” or not, to visit the Hall of Fame, which consists of three floors of baseball memorabilia and is “very well done,” he said.
Verni was born and raised in Dunsmuir and still visits family in town when he gets the chance.
TC and his wife live near Buffalo, NY. He is a 2003 DHS graduate who attended the University of San Francisco and got his first broadcasting job with the CBS affiliate in Idaho Falls, ID before moving to New York about three years ago.