In Central Park, within easy walking distance of Columbus Circle, is a famous field created for the American game of softball, a version of baseball played on a smaller field, with a bigger ball. On it are five carefully interwoven ‘diamonds’, the word used to describe the shape made by the configuration of the bases set on the green, from the spectators’ view, as a square en pointe. In this case the home bases are strewn to the farthest reaches of the field, forcing the distant outfielders to play face to face, but in separate games.
It makes for amusing fun, as I experienced when I played in the Broadway Show League, long ago. As an outfielder, I found myself standing face to face with a player from a separate game. Positioned that way, we could offer each other helpful hints and it made for great camaraderie. I played for different shows including the musical Annie, and Ensemble Studio Theater. In that league, the singer Meat Loaf had a team; he pitched, as he was too heavy to do much else.
The tradition of shows’ workers (actors and stagehands) mounting teams to play one another continues on Thursday afternoons, when there is usually three games per diamond (11:30, 1:30 and 3:30pm). On other days other leagues play including one featuring television workers and personalities.
These, and other Broadway show casts have teams: School of Rock, Book of Mormon, Lion King, Harry Potter, Hamilton and Jersey Boys.
Celebrity stars may be seen.