Glenarm Baseball Club is a baseball club located in the coastal suburb of Glenarm, Sandwick, Albaland. They are one of 16 teams that played in the inaugural Albaland Baseball League in 1910 and one of two clubs that joined the league at it’s inception from Sandwick, the other being Sandwick City. They are affectionately known as The Dockers.
Founded in 1905 by dockworkers in the impoverished areas of Sandwick, the baseball club was originally formed to provide opportunities for underprivileged youth and men to play the sport and develop their skills. The club’s mission was to break down barriers and create a pathway for talented young players from disadvantaged backgrounds. Culturally, the club was also seen as a way for the dockworkers to assert their identity and express pride in their community as well as a chance to earn additional income.
Glenarm found early success on a national level when they entered the 1907 Alba Shield and knocked out Terregles Collieries, heavyweights of the time Kilmarnock Albaland and Kirkpatrick Town before succumbing 10-5 to Melton Coss. A 6-4 loss to Warriors the following year in the opening round preceded a 4-3 defeat to Drumoak Import Export in 1909 but the performances in 1907 caught the attention of Tadd Steward who invited the team to join the Albaland Baseball League for the 1910 baseball season.
Many fans today still resonate with the early performances of the club, having one of the toughest fixture lists at the time, still insisting today that they are “underdogs”.
The Dockers are based in Port Avon, the suburb to the west of Glenarm, that was home to large warehouses, factories, and shipping facilities, with a bustling port serving as the heart of the local economy before the area underwent a major redevelopment, with many of the old industrial buildings being repurposed and converted into luxury apartments, upscale shops, and trendy restaurants in the 1960s and 70s. Locals are commonly referred to as CUPs – Cashed-Up Paupers – due to the demographics of the area changing from one of the poorest areas in Albaland to one of the wealthiest within 100 years.
The stadium, named after the suburb of Port Avon, is a power hitters dream. A short outfield surrounded by 9-foot walls increasing to 20 feet in right field make dingers easy to come by but doubles and triples take a dramatic dip compared to league average. The ballpark is famed for its “Cheesy Bacon Popcorn”, a savory snack of fresh popcorn that is drizzled with melted butter and sprinkled with crispy bacon bits before a generous amount of cheddar cheese powder is added and mixed in.