Lakewood OH

Huzzah for vintage base ball!

By Ryan Kaczmarski

As part of the “Bay Days” festivities, a game of vintage base ball – that was its spelling before the 1880s, rather than baseball – was played between the Villagers of Bay and the Shamrocks of Whiskey Island.

The match was played using rules and uniforms from the 1850s through the 1880s. The ballers, or players, used no gloves in the field and spoke using the terms of the period.

According to Wikipedia, the main differences between the vintage and modern game, besides not using gloves, are that the ball is pitched underhand; there are no called strikes; and a ball caught on one bounce is still an out, among others.

If you would like to witness a vintage base ball game, you can check one out Sunday at North Olmsted’s Frostville Museum, on the corner of Lewis and Cedar Point roads in the Cleveland Metroparks’ Rocky River Reservation. Game time TBA. For more information, go to or call 216-635-3200.



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