Base Ball – by 1857 Rules – on Sept. 20

In History, Near By Events on September 5, 2015 at 3:56 pm

“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game—the American game.”

 – Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

at bat - vintage game 2014

Just around the corner is your chance to watch ‘the American game’ played by the rules of 1857, much the same as was seen by one of America’s finest poets.

On Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m., teams representing Chester, Deep River and Essex will be meeting in a round-robin format at Devitt Field in Deep River.   There is no admission charge for this family event sponsored by the Chester, Deep River and Essex Historical Societies.

Last September, co-ed teams from the three towns met in the inaugural vintage event. When a heavy rain cancelled the action midway into the second game, the first question asked was ‘When can we do this again?’

chester squirrels and ice elephants after their game 2014

Once again, players will be wearing period shirts and caps and you can count on spotting a few ‘game day’ mustaches. No gloves are allowed (the ball was somewhat softer then) and a striker (term for ‘batter’) was out if a fielder caught a ball on its first bounce under 1857 rules. Free programs will be provided at the game with team rosters, 1857 rules and terminology.

Old-time refreshments will be sold by Ivoryton Tavern & Café. Bring lawn chairs to supplement the limited seating at the field. The rain date will be Sept. 27.

So, using more terminology from the past, make a point to be a Crank (fan) at the Match (game) when the Club Nine (team) legs it (runs to a base) hoping to make Aces (runs) before Player Dead (an Out).baseball resized

All in all it makes for a wonderful, educational and entertaining way for all ages to enjoy the great American Game as it was 150 years ago. We think Walt Whitman would agree.

More info: 860-526-2331 or or


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