Vintage Base Ball

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I spelled that right, two words; Base Ball - not baseball

The local historical society hosted a vintage base ball double-header between the Akron Blackstockings and the Forest City Base Ball Club yesterday. This is a league where the game is played by the rules of the 1860's. They wear uniforms of the same period. You can see in the pictures gloves and other protective gear is not worn either.

The mid-nineteenth century game was considerably different than today’s game. Ballists played with bare hands until the 1880s and balls caught on one bounce were outs until the mid-1860s. Balls are considered fair by where the ball first touches the ground. That is, a ball hit in front of home plate that then spins into foul territory is still a fair ball.

I was there for only a few innings. Not being a baseball fan, I quickly became bored and left. :smile:

These pics are not Mike Macarific, Randawesome, or Brookstacular, but because they are a little different, I thought I'd share a few...

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#5 Home run. I think the ball landed out in Lake Erie.
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pretty cool. looks like only the pitchers 'mound' and home plate were in the dirt, what did they have for bases?
Well, I guess because of recent rain and mud, they had to reconfigure the field a bit. The bases were regular baseball field bases. The bases were pretty much pushed back into the grass.

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