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Vintage Base Ball is Back

March 31, 2019 11:32 PM

(ABC 6 News) - That is not a typo in the title. Just imagine it's the 1860s and the word "baseball" is actually two words. 

On Sunday afternoon, the Roosters Base Ball Club hosted its annual spring training game in Rochester where nine vintage ball clubs from around the area came to prepare for their upcoming seasons and to have some fun.

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"To get them all out here, to see the smiles on their faces, they're all happy to be here," Roosters' longtime captain, and the game's organizer, Corky Gaskell said.

The Roosters Base Ball Club was established in 1997 and its goals are to educate the community on how the game of baseball started and how it was originally played, namely in 1860.

So, why that year?

"The first year of organized, everyone had a set of rules to follow, was 1857," Gaskell explained. "So, 1860 gave us a year that's close to the very beginning but took away some of the really really weird stuff that you may not want to show."

Gaskell has a passion for the game and the rich history behind what we know as "baseball" today. So much so, he hand makes the baseballs for the Roosters so that they are historically correct.

"We do research through old newspapers trying to find out they played the game so we can teach people how to do it," Gaskell explained. "So I use email myself, I know it's not the 1860s, but when I find out information I get it to my club so that when we play we're trying to follow the way the game was played based on that information."

Through their research, Gaskell and the Roosters, also learned that gloves were not used back in the '60s, pitchers used to pitch underhand and if a ball was caught after it bounced, it was considered an out. 

"If you can't have fun playing the game the way it was meant to be played in the 1860s, then you're not going to have fun doing anything else."

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Jordyn Reed

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