In other news….This sounds like fun, no?
…. Vintage base ball is a fast growing sport (225 clubs from 32 states), which features amateur clubs adhering to the rules, uniforms, equipment and gentlemanly competitive play of baseball’s 19th century roots. Until recently the game has been mostly a local phenomenon, with clubs playing weekend games in open parks under a variety of rules.
The game is marked by an array of historical details that are enjoyed by both players (“ballists”) and fans (“cranks”). Players in baggy uniforms wield fat handle bats at lemon peel stitched balls that are caught with what appear to be gardening gloves. Above all, it’s a gentleman’s game in which there is no showboating or taunting, and the umpire is always addressed as “Sir.”
HT to the NY Daily News.