LOWELL, Mass. — The Lowell Spinners, Class-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, announced Clubhouse Manager and Lowell legend Del “Dogman” Christman will be retiring from his role with the Spinners following the conclusion of the 2015 season.
The Dogman informed the Spinners of his intentions over the last few days and the team is working to honor him prior to his final game with the team Monday, September 7.
“Dogman has been a staple at the ballpark really since LeLacheur Park opened,” said Spinners President and General Manager Tim Bawmann. “He has worked tirelessly with the team, from hot dog vendor to clubhouse manager, and has really become one of the most recognizable parts of the organization throughout the community. His presence will be missed.”
The Dogman started with the Spinners as a hot dog vendor, quickly gaining popularity for his “custom named” hot dogs he vended in the stands each night. Over time, Dogman transitioned from splitting his time in the stands and in the clubhouse to becoming the full-time clubhouse manager, taking care of everyone who has worn a Spinners jersey over the better part of two decades.
“No matter where you encounter a former Spinners player or coach in life, the same question invariably comes up in conversation: ‘how’s the Dogman,’” said Bawmann. “He just leaves an impression on everyone he meets.”
In addition to the Dogman, Head Groundskeeper Dan Beaulieu will also be marking his final game with the conclusion of the season. Beaulieu, who started with the team as an usher in 1996 and became Vice President; Facilities before transitioning into the Head Groundskeeper role, has also informed the team he will be retiring after the season.
“Dan has been with the organization from the start, something not too many people can claim,” said Bawmann. “He’s been invaluable over the years and his presence at the office will certainly be missed.”
With his final game approaching, the Spinners will honor the Dogman and Beaulieu Monday as they throw out ceremonial pitches before the final game of the 2015 regular season.
Dogman will still be visible in the community he loves so much and maintains he still hopes to be present at Spring Training in Fort Myers each spring, while Beaulieu is sure to be enjoying games with his grandchildren from the stands.