Vintage Baseball, Classic Rain

Vintage Baseball, Classic Rain” – Rita Christopher/The Day

“In the end, the weather won, but not before the spectators at the tri-town vintage baseball game had a chance to cheer for their teams and the players had a chance to take some impressive cuts at the soft, brown, lemon-size sphere that mid-l9th century teams played with.

It was baseball, even if the correct spelling in the 1857 rules, by which the games were played, was two words: base ball. But base ball was baseball with a difference. Players didn’t use gloves; outs could be made both by catching a fly ball or by catching the ball on one bounce. No stealing bases, no taking leads, no laying down bunts.”