One of the more intense rivalries in New Hampshire sports resumes on Wednesday, June 6 at 6 PM in Merrimack.
It’s the Second Annual Legislative Softball Classic, the Republicans versus the Democrats at the Anheuser-Busch Athletic Complex. The event is sponsored by the N.H. House of Representatives Veterans Interest Caucus with proceeds benefitting Liberty House in Manchester, which supports homeless and transitioning veterans.
This year, the two sides of the aisle will be battling for the newly-minted Brown-Murphy Trophy named in honor for former Governors Fred Brown and Francis Murphy, two of the Granite State’s most influential political figures of their time.
Prior to his entry into politics, Brown played parts of the 1901 and 1902 seasons for the Boston Beaneaters, the forerunners of the National League’s Boston Braves. Brown was a native of Somersworth and served as governor from 1923-25 and served in the U.S. Senate in 1932.
Hudson native Murphy was elected governor in 1936 and re-elected in 1938.
The Democrats are seeking revenge this time around as the Republicans won the Inaugural Classic in 2017.
House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) will again manage the red (GOP) team while Ben Baroody (D-Manchester) will skipper the blue (Democrat) brigade.