Yesterday, I ventured over to the Historical Center in SW Rochester
to watch a game of 1860's baseball.
Players, dressed as they would of back then and the rules of the game
were followed as they were in 1860's.
Fun fact: There were less than 40 written rules for baseball of the era,
all else was left to the codes of gentlemanly behavior of the time.
The men (Roosters) were playing at 6pm, but being a veteren ball player myself I really wanted
to watch the women play an exhibition game before the men's game.
2 bits, is all they asked for admission,
I had .75 in my pocket so I threw it in the dish.
Both the men and women pitch underhand.
and young came to watch the games
The rooster's (men's team) were the score keepers for the women's game.
Fun Fact: After a player scored, it was customary in 1860 vintage baseball to have that player report to the scorer and ring the tally bell to announce the score to the throng (fans)
Some of the terms have changed since the 1800's
here are just a few...
Throng = Fans
Artist = proficient player
Muffin = inexperienced player
Muff = Error
Striker = Batter
Striker to the line = Batter up
Daisy cutter = sharp grounder
Four bases = Home run
Ace = Run; crossing home base
left field player
break in the action
running for the ball
Coming off the field.....they were having fun!
players on a old wooden bench sittin' on a quilt .