BRIGHAM CITY -- They're hoping for a Peaches revival here, baseball Peaches that is.
Backers aren't asking for anything like a return to the Brigham City Peaches heyday of the 1930s and '40s, when the town team was a semi-pro outfit, at times even a farm team for the major leagues.
Baseball legends like Satchel Paige and Tommy Lasorda played against them, Peaches fans say. The legendary Bob Feller made an appearance at the Peaches home field Pioneer Park in the 1970s for an exhibition.
The team has played continually, but for some likely down time for World War II in the 1940s, since 1921.
"It's possible it could have been as far back as 1919, but 1921 is good enough for me," said Rob King, the Peaches' newest manager.
"We're trying to get the enthusiasm back in baseball in Brigham City," he said. "For some reason it seems to have slipped."
King took over last year from the previous manager, who tired of the grind of seeking sponsors and donations to cover everything from uniforms to fees charged by the city to play home games in the city's Pioneer Park, usually at night under the lights.
Plus there are league fees to be in the Northern Utah League. Which possibly should be called the Cache County League with Peaches on the side. The other four teams are all from Cache County -- the Hyrum Hornets, Providence Wolverines, Smithfield Blue Sox, and Logan Royals. Just like the Peaches, the rosters are all family men ages 20 to sometimes 50 with day jobs who can't get baseball out of their system.
"It's almost embarrassing, how much support they have compared to us," said King.
At the games in Providence, city fathers get involved in running the concessions, said Mike Hollingsworth, a former Peach, as a player and manager. "You'll see the mayor grilling hamburgers," he said.
King and Hollingsworth are among a contingent currently asking the Brigham City Council for a little support, or at least relief from city fees for use of the ballpark. They say the Peaches are the only team in the league charged the fees to use the ballpark. All play in lighted ballparks.
King led a delegation to the Sept. 19 council meeting. They're going back in December with firmer figures as to what they need, as requested by the council. The council also has asked for estimates on the power costs of lighting Pioneer Park for Peaches games.
Fees to the city amounted to $265 for 12 home games, according to the city recreation department. King said a pair of umpires for each game costs $100. "Being able to pay for the players' gas for away games is a pipe dream," King said.
A return to the uniforms of the old days, with a giant embroidered Peach sewn on the button-down jerseys of old, would be nice, Peach buffs say, an upgrade from the T-shirt-style Peaches jerseys they can only afford now. Hollingsworth said his kids liked his old Peaches jerseys so much they wore them out.
Chris Larsen, 64, is going to pull his from storage, maybe for the city council's benefit. Larsen played for the Peaches in the 1960s, when Pioneer Park still had locker rooms and shower facilities under the bleachers.
His son played for the Peaches a few years back. "Most of the kids on the team were from Tremonton," he said.
He recalls reading of Peaches games in the town weekly newspaper's archives, the News & Journal when he had a stint there as a sports writer, from those high times in the 1930s and 1940s. "The Peaches were always front page news back then," he said. "We never got that kind of coverage."
"Brigham ended at 3rd West back then," said Hollingsworth. "So they played out in the boonies" near the railroad tracks west of town.
Hollingsworth, 58, played for the Peaches for 40 years, beginning at age 16, at times managing the team. He retired only two years ago.
He had the thrill of playing with two sons on the Peaches shortly before he retired, still pitching his knuckleball.
As part of the revival, a Facebook page has been set up, titled Brigham City Peaches Baseball.
For a city that pays $430,000 a year for its piece of the UTOPIA fiberoptic Internet network, why not a couple bucks for Peaches baseball?
"That's why some of these community requests are difficult, because we're paying $430,000 a year to UTOPIA," responded Mayor Dennis Fife.
Contact reporter Tim Gurrister at 801-625-4238, firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @tgurrister.