12 November 2013
I believe Dougie became a member of the House of David Echoes Base Ball Club in our second season, 2002. Though not an original, first year player, I have long regarded him as one of the original players in those early years when we won one or two games a season, but thoroughly enjoyed the sport of "vintage base ball" and each other's company. The team social chemistry of those first 4-5 years was amazing. A wide range of individuals from all walks, we had great fun in winning as well as losing games. I was the one that gave Dougie his nick-name, "tired iron". It was a quote from his business card that I thought was catchie and he seemed to like it and carried it well. Once on a trip to Goshen, Indiana, to play a twin-bill with the Bonneyville Millers, Dougie kept pointing out the great old farm tractors on the roadside properties. Some were for sale and he wanted to stop and examine. I posted that on our web pages, warning all Hoosier teams that we might be late for our Indiana appointments because "tired iron" was always wanting to stop and look at all the old farm iron along the way.
Dougie was an original player on the House of David Echoes ball club because he was a great sport; a man you could always count on if he said he was in. He was always supportive of others and towards the ball club as a whole. What I liked most about Dougie was not his athletic abilities for 1858 base ball, but his embodiment of the etiquette of the day. Humble, cooperative, a man well mannered, both on the field and away. Dougie was a guy that did not give his share alone, he was always eager to do much more to better whatever the cause or situation might be. Very simply, "tired iron" was a complete gentleman and a good example of Christian living, never tooting his own horn.
Dougie introduced the blue tie to our uniforms that I thought was an outstanding touch of class to our team's appearance. I have tried to wear it at every game to honor his gift to our team and because it looks good. Dougie also began making 1858 base balls by going on-line to research the proper materials used, the process in construction and the proper dimension of that base ball, exclusive to 1858. Through numerous trials with his craftsmanship, Dougie came to, what I call the perfect ball of 1858. A ball that looks original, the size feels good to the hand and he made them to last through weekly practices and 4-5 games and that's with a lot of Jimmie Gaytan's tattoos on it. I have saved a number of these because they were and are so special. Such a wonderful gift to our team and how prestigious to have a House of David player making an actual/authentic 1858 base ball. Having taught Mark Clayton, of our team, the legacy of Dougie's initiative will go on. For those that play the game, having the authentic ball, hand-made, is history itself. Just one more humble, but earnest contributions, among the many, to the House of David Echoes Base Ball Club.
In closing, I was pleased to have the opportunity this summer, upon his beloved Eastman Field (for Dougie always bragged about our ball field to other clubs), to call him from the "cranks" to stand in the players line with us. To introduce him as an "original" House of David Echoes player and will always be an "Honorary" House of David ball player. And this is the way that it is.
We have only a few of the originals still playing at this day. All are missed, but from my perspective, the gentleman of humility, always supportive, thoughtful with kindness, was and is "always", Mister Douglas "tired iron" Snyder; a model of proper etiquette and a real Christian Brother.
Respectfully for the House of David Echoes Base Ball Club and Mary's City of David, "Captain" Ron Taylor, first baseman.