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Dart Baseball at Mangum-Howell Center

If the Astros winning the world series is giving you baseball fever, you don’t have to wait until next season to get your fix! Dart baseball is going on year-round at Mangum-Howell Center every Monday and Friday at 10 a.m.

“It’s just like regular baseball, but instead of hitting the ball and running, we throw darts,” said volunteer Linda Watkins. The game has been going on for at least 20 years at the Center and now the group is hoping to expand. “We’d love to have new players join the group,” said Watkins.

Diana Koon, Mangum-Howell Center director, says no special skills are needed. “It’s not difficult to pick up, even if you don’t know much about baseball,” she said. “The players keep score just like a real baseball game.” The game attracts players of all ages and skill levels, she said.

Dorothy Phillips started playing dart baseball at 89. Before joining the team, Phillips had never played sports. Now, more than a year later, she can play just as well or better than any other player.

“I’d been wanting to join for years, but I didn’t want to do it alone,” she said. “Finally, I tried it out and enjoyed it.” What finally convinced Phillips to join was her love of the Astros. Phillips, a die-hard Astros fan for more than 40 years, has been watching the Astros since they played in the Astrodome. Over the years, she’s collected Astros bobbleheads, hats, shirts, purses, and other memorabilia.

“For years and years, I’ve been a true die-hard fan though the highs and lows,” she said. “People would ask me why I still watch them. I would say if you’re a fan, you continue to watch them. You wouldn’t want to be someone’s friend just when they’re doing well.” Dart baseball gave Phillips a place to discuss games and show off her gear. After the Astros won the final game in the series, Phillips had another opportunity to celebrate a few days later during dart baseball.

“I usually get something Astros related for my birthday. This year, the Astros won the World Series. It’s the best present I could ask for,” said Phillips, who turns 91 on Dec. 4.

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