It’s game day. First pitch is in an hour and the gates are opened. For season ticket holders and avid fans of the Silver Knights, getting around Holman Stadium is as simple as walking around the house. Every once in a while, a newcomer walks through the front gates of Nashua’s historic baseball park and is greeted by the numerous friendly ushers. They’ll say hello, locate a section, and even dry off a seat on rainy days. But one usher in particular makes every fan, regardless if it’s their first or 50th game at Holman, feel welcomed as a long time friend.
For the three years of the Silver Knights existence, John Dorman has been an usher for the Nashua-based FCBL team. It’s not only his dedication that stands out, but also his amiability. John can always be found striking up a friendly conversation with the fans during pre-game.
“It’s nice to be friendly with nice people,” says 53-year-old of Brookline, NH. “There’s a good crowd of regular people that I really enjoy their company.”
Before working with the Silver Knights, John spent 22 years in the Army. The colonel was stationed at multiple locations across the country, overseas, and even in Iraq. John was an artillery officer by branch. Because of his experiences in the armed forces, John can relate baseball to the Army.
“The pride…is a tangible relationship. The players probably have a lot of pride in their team…so it’s similar to a military organization.”
As a retired Army officer, John now works for the government as a defense contractor. What brought John to Nashua was the need to pay for his children’s college tuition and the Silver Knights management, which he called “super.”
Although John has dedicated his summer to baseball, his love has always been hockey. The Brookline, NH native still plays hockey to this day at Skate 3 in Nashua and in Andover.
Regardless of his favorite sport, John has genuinely enjoyed working baseball games at Holman Stadium for the past three years. What John has enjoyed is the “affirmation of human kind and the kindness of people.”
“It’s good to see small-town baseball still possible,” says John. “I hope [the Silver Knights] continue to keep a presence here. It’s good for the city.”