“COVENTRY (AP) — Two periods of American history will come together next month during an unusual baseball doubleheader in Connecticut.
The Nathan Hale Homestead is hosting the vintage baseball exhibition on June 30th.
The Bouckville Summits and the Providence Grays, two teams from the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League, will play in a field at the birthplace of the Revolutionary War spy.
The rules and equipment will be authentic to those used in 1864. The balls are hand-stitched and the bats used are heavier and longer than modern ones.
Sponsors say it will be a “gentlemen’s game,” with cursing resulting in a 25-cent fine and an apology to the spectators.
The Hale Homestead is situated on 17 acres, adjoining the 1,500-acre Nathan Hale State Forest.”
“Remember: The name is ‘Base Ball’ – Rita Christopher/The Day
“Where can you be a crank that people want to see? Observe a dewdrop that isn’t wet? Call for rover and not get a nuzzle from a golden retriever? At the tri-town vintage baseball game sponsored by the historical societies of Essex, Chester and Deep River on Sunday at Devitt Field in Deep River…”
The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) recently created its 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project. Its first task: marking James Whyte Davis’s grave.
So, this past Saturday, on a lovely spring morning, a crowd gathered at James Whyte Davis’s grave. John Thorn, major league baseball’s official historian, and Peter Nash, spoke about Davis. Two great granddaughters of Doc Adams, a member of the Knickerbockers who had played with Davis on the Knickerbockers and had written out the early rules of baseball–a document that sold just days earlier for $3.26 million, read a letter that Adams wrote…
Read more: Grave of Baseball Pioneer Finally Marked – Jeff Richman/Greenwood Historian Blog (17 May 2016)
“Historical societies to play ball” – The Day
“The historical societies of Chester, Deep River and Essex are teaming up to present their second Vintage Base Ball game on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Devitt Field, on Main Street in Deep River. The 2 p.m. game will be free to the public. Three teams will play two or three innings each by late 19th-century rules and customs to recreate the earliest days of America’s pastime. Historical commentary will be provided to help the audience understand baseball rules of the 1850s. Players will wear specially made uniforms and caps representing their towns’ uniforms of the past and will use authentic reproduction wooden bats and hand-sewn hard balls. Old-time refreshments will be sold by Ivoryton Tavern. Raindate will be Sept. 27. For more information, call (860) 526-2331 or visit chesterhistoricalsociety.org.”
“Baseball: It Ain’t What It Used To Be” – Rita Christopher/The Day
“Don’t look for a designated hitter-that’s a 1973 innovation. And don’t look for some of the other moves that are traditionally part of a ball game-no stealing, no bunting, no runners taking leads off the bases. This is 1857 baseball, and it is a different game, even written differently, as two words: base ball.
And base ball is making a comeback at Devitt Field in Deep River, on Sunday, Sept. 21. The historical societies of Essex, Chester, and Deep River are sponsoring a tri-town vintage baseball challenge. In the round robin, each town will play a two- or three-inning game against both the others…”