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Friday, February 19, 2010

A Vintage Base Ball team, playing according to the rules of 1860's will be forming in the Roulette/Coudersport area.

Vintage Base Ball

A Vintage Base Ball team, playing according to the rules of 1860's will be forming in the Roulette/Coudersport area.

Base Ball (historically two words) was originally played for the exercise and the entertainment. The New York Knickerbockers was the first club to write down the rules of what has become modern baseball in 1845. Base ball then began to spread, and the Civil War of 1861-'65 took the game to the nation as soldiers played base ball with local townspeople, in prison camps, and to relieve boredom between battles. The emphasis in the early game was on courtesy among the gentlemen and, occasionally, ladies, playing the sport for exercise. Initially, only few rules governed a match. The rest was left up to the umpire, who judged players' actions by the gentlemanly code of the Victorians. It was played without gloves and in a non-competitive atmosphere where fans cheered for good plays by either side.

In forming this base ball "club", as it was known, we will need players of ages 18 and older. For this type of play, persons of all skills are eligible for playing. For those who feel that they are not able to participate actively on the field of play, we also need non-playing members to provide interpretation of rules to the public and for umpiring.

A meeting to explain the representation of the game and the rules will be held at the Friendly Inn in Roulette on Saturday, February 27th at 4pm. Please contact Randy Lambert at randylamb_1999@yahoo.com for more information.

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

sounds interesting, i would be game for this

Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun for an old timer like me with just one more go around left.
No glove???

Anonymous said...

"If you build it, he will come"

Anonymous said...

Maybe some old time hotdog and sodas too?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the comments! On one of my former teams for which I played, we had two players who finally "retired" at 70 and 72 from the field. They still participate as interpreters, scorers and umpires. Yes, old fashioned hotdogs and sodas can eventually happen! There is alot to fo to get this organized and ready, but it is the most pure way to play the game! Please do come to the meeting and hear all about Vintage Base Ball! Sincerely, Randy Lambert

nate said...

i would be intesring in umpire i umpire for 33 years nate