Post: Vintage players in Wethersfield help preserve baseball’s history

From Paul Post at The Saratogian on August 25, 2015, with mention of SABR member Marjorie Adams:

Players catch and field the ball bare-handed, there is no pitcher’s mound and the umpire isn’t called “blue.”

He’s known as the adjudicator and sits off to the side in a straight-backed wooden chair, wearing a straw hat and a big smile beneath a handlebar moustache.

It’s an 1864 vintage version of base ball, as it was spelled back then, which is keeping the grand old game’s history very much alive.

The other day we happened across a contest between the Wethersfield Red Onion club and Simsbury Taverners at picturesque Cove Park in Wethersfield, Ct. This classic New England town boasts the state’s largest historic district with dozens of well-preserved homes — some dating to the early 1700s — that belonged to noteworthy seafaring captains and captains of local industry.

Read the full article here:

Originally published: August 25, 2015. Last Updated: August 25, 2015.