Huzzah! 19th Century 'Base Ball' Makes Comeback in Minnesota

Updated: 08/17/2014 6:09 PM
Created: 08/17/2014 6:03 PM
By: Cassie Hart

There is more than one way to play the game of baseball.

A group of Minnesotans are playing “base ball” like it's the 1860s –(yes, it was two words back then).

Players, sometimes called ballists, wear period reproduction uniforms, either with long trouser and shield shirt, or a later style lace shirt and knickers. They recreate the game based on rules and research of the various decades of the mid-to-late nineteenth century.

You can see vintage base ball played at open-air museums, tournament re-enactments and city parks.

There are 50 vintage base ball teams in the country, with eight in the area.

In the next few weeks, a lot of the Minnesota players will be heading to Columbus, Ohio to play the Ohio Village Muffins, They were the first vintage base ball team in the nation to play a regular schedule in the 1980's.

Learn more about vintage base ball here.

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