Playing baseball with 1860 rules



Guests to the Wade House are invited to cheer on the Greenbush Dead Citys vintage base ball team as they defend their home turf against the Milwaukee Grays Sunday July 21, at 1:30 p.m. After the game, visitors are encouraged to join the fun by participating in a rousing pick-up game. Guests will get to field and hit with the team and learn how to play base ball by the rules of 1860s. The mid-19th century game of base ball was considerably different than today’s game. In the late 1800s, most players used their bare hands, rather than gloves. Pitchers, or “hurlers”, threw the ball underhanded to the batter, or “striker.” There was no strike zone. Foul balls did not count as strikes, and balls caught on the first bound were out. Food and beverages will be available at the Butternut Café and at the field during the game. Bleacher seating is available. Guests are welcome to bring chairs and blankets as well. Visitors will begin the special experience at the new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum located at W7965 State 23. 
Submitted photo Guests to the Wade House are invited to cheer on the Greenbush Dead Citys vintage base ball team as they defend their home turf against the Milwaukee Grays Sunday July 21, at 1:30 p.m. After the game, visitors are encouraged to join the fun by participating in a rousing pick-up game. Guests will get to field and hit with the team and learn how to play base ball by the rules of 1860s. The mid-19th century game of base ball was considerably different than today’s game. In the late 1800s, most players used their bare hands, rather than gloves. Pitchers, or “hurlers”, threw the ball underhanded to the batter, or “striker.” There was no strike zone. Foul balls did not count as strikes, and balls caught on the first bound were out. Food and beverages will be available at the Butternut Café and at the field during the game. Bleacher seating is available. Guests are welcome to bring chairs and blankets as well. Visitors will begin the special experience at the new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum located at W7965 State 23. Submitted photo

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