Old-style baseball game at Wade House

Visitors to the Wade House historic site will be transported back in time to witness what the sport of base ball was like during and just after the Civil War Sunday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. Guests are invited to cheer on the Wade House Red Jackets historic base ball team as they defend their home turf against Old World Wisconsin’s Eagle Diamonds. As part of the experience, visitors will be encouraged to join the fun. Guests will get to field, hit and learn how to play base ball by the rules of 1860s.

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.

Wade House historic site promotes living history by bringing the 19th century to life in its sponsorship of the Wade House Red Jackets base ball team. Food and beverages will be available at the Butternut Café before and after the game. Water and soda will be available at the field during the game. Bleacher seating is available, but guests are welcome to bring chairs and blankets as well.

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