From the Washington County Historical Society:
Six vintage base ball clubs will gather at the Old Athletic Field on Saturday, July 19 to exhibit the game as it was meant to be played during Stillwater Log Jam. Vintage base ball uses the rules set by Henry Chadwick in 1860. Some of the more curious rules of the game that have since left the rule book include:
- there are no balls or strikes called;
- a batter is out if the ball is caught on the fly or first bounce;
- fielders do not use gloves; and
- the pitcher pitches the ball underhanded to where the batter would like it.
If you’re not familiar, the Old Athletic Field is at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Orleans Street. The matches are free to the public, just bring a lawn chair and a few friends and watch base ball as it was meant to be played.
Matches for Saturday, July 19 in Stillwater:
- 11 a.m.: Afton Red Socks vs. Northfield Silver Stars
- Noon: Rum River Rovers vs. Menomonie Blue Caps
- 1 p.m.: Quicksteps vs. St. Croix Base Ball Club
- 2 p.m.: Northfield Silver Stars vs. Rum River Rovers
- 3 p.m.: Quicksteps vs. Afton Red Socks
- 4 p.m.: St. Croix Base Ball Club vs. Menomonie Blue Caps
(Photos courtesy of Washington County Historical Society.)
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