Old Time Base Ball Been Berry Berry Good to Me

In towns around the country, history buffs and sports fanatics have gone old school, by donning itchy woolens, picking up big bats, and swinging for the fences.

There’s been a resurgence in vintage baseball, played using traditional uniforms and using rulebooks from 100 or more years ago, notes an article in today’s NY Times.

Just yesterday, we watched an old-time game of baseball at Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, WA, just across the river from Portland, OR. Teams there are celebrating 140 yrs of base ball (the two-word original spelling) using rulebooks and clothing from the 1860s.

Seven balls for a walk? Fouls aren’t strikes? No gloves in the outfield? It’s an interesting slice of history and pure American summertime fun.