M-A Hosts 8th Annual America’s Pastime Car Show
May 1, 2014
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Early Saturday morning during Spring Break, the varsity baseball team arrived to set up for an afternoon of classic cars, barbeque, and raffles- all meant to raise funds for M-A’s baseball program. The America’s Pastime Car Show has been going for eight years strong, and has been a focal point of varsity baseball coach Mike Amoroso’s Spring season for just as long.
The show, planned and coordinated by Amoroso, serves as the largest fundraiser for the baseball program, helping cover improvements to field and player equipment alike. Both the frosh-soph and varsity teams helped out that Saturday afternoon. The former arrived at 6:30 a.m. to set up the various tents and tables that spotted the parking lot where the car show is held. The large frosh-soph squad wandered around in the afternoon, visiting guests and owners of the dozens of classic cars, offering food from the grill. As well, the players shake the hands of the award-winners as the show comes to a close, and wave as they depart.
The various awards, such as ‘Best in Show’, are given out to the best classic cars, which range from restored 60’s trucks, to old Corvettes, Fairlanes, Firebirds, and Rat Rods. Only american-made classic cars are allowed to participate in the show, many of which return year after year to America’s Pastime, each car owner seeking a coveted plaque signifying one of the numerous awards presented in the afternoon. Nearly the entirety of the senior parking lot was stocked with a variety of eye candy, each car representing a piece of iconic car history. It’s this kind of history that inspires Amoroso’s love for the Car Show– a chance to display the finest muscle cars America used to offer and raise money for the program he dedicates much of his time to.
Among the crowd were both frosh-soph baseball coaches greeting dozens of onlookers placing bids on a raffle held each year. The prizes included signed baseball pictures, bats, balls, and other memorabilia- most of which is oriented around the San Francisco Giants. The raffles provide funding for the baseball program as well.
All in all, the event lasted about five hours, from the time the first classics roll in to their departure late in the afternoon. Exhausted, Amoroso and the remaining baseball players cleaned up the tents and grill, leaving the parking lot spotless for the following Monday morning. Each year, the event draws more and more spectators, and has become a treasured fundraiser and event for the baseball program. Undoubtedly, we will see a host of new classic cars in next year’s 9th Annual America’s Pastime.