Vintage Base Ball Team

Vintage Base Ball is base ball (yes, it was spelled two words prior to the 1880s) played by the rules and customs of the 19th Century. The players (sometimes called ballists) wear period reproduction uniforms, either with long trouser and shield shirt, or a later style lace shirt and knickers. They recreate the game based on rules and research of the various decades of the mid-to-late nineteenth century. The playing of vintage base ball can be seen at open-air museums, tournament re-enactments and city parks. It is played on both open grass fields and modern baseball diamonds. Spectators may consider vintage base ball to be a new sport, however, some clubs have been in existence since the 1980s. Vintage base ball is a reflection of how baseball existed at an earlier time.
The Monroe Golden Lads 1869-era base ball team will be debuting May 1, 2010. Under the direction of coaches Jason Weidner, Chris Earls and Mike Szydel, the Golden Lads are proud to be history in the making as part of a joint venture with the Monroe Ohio Historical Society. Games are played via 1869 rules: a longer 42” wooden bat, no gloves, a softer base ball (similar to today’s softball) and a grass field. Gentleman’s rules are always the order of the day. This is about fun and camaraderie with competition taking a back seat. It is typical to cheer the opposing teams good play with a tip of the hat and a rousing HIP HIP HUZZAH!
Join the team for breakfast on April 24th from 9am to 1pm, as they help raise funds for authentic base ball uniforms & equipment! The Red Onion Cafe will be flipping the pancakes and serving up all the fix in’s for a wonderful brunch. Tickets are $7 at the door. The event will be held in the James Monroe Community Room, located at the back of City Hall, 233 S. Main Street, Monroe. Make it a family affair with good eats - good friends and good times! Contact Gene Williams at (513) 539-9573.
The first game of the season will be played at the Monroe Community Park on S. Main St. on May 1.

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