Friday, September 23, 2016

Old Time Baseball

Travel back in time to the 1870s!   Experience America's Pastime as it was in the days when "base ball" (note the two words) was a game for ladies and gentlemen to come together as community to root for the home team! 

On Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m., the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association will be coming to Hugo to take us back to that bygone era as the Central City Stars will take on the Denver & Rio Grande Reds in an exhibition match played at the Genoa-Hugo ball field.  Founded in 1993, the CVBBA teams travel around the state playing historically- accurate games, inviting communities to enjoy in the nostalgia of base ball in its pure, original form , complete with uniforms, equipment, and even nicknames accurate to the time period.  

The game was set up by Clayton Phythian, in appreciation of Lincoln County’s rich sports history, The admission is free and Clayton  hopes of expanding it in the future.  

   As you sit down to join the other "cranks and rooters" (fans) in the stands, you will immediately notice some of the more obvious difference from the game as we know it today: the "hurler" tosses underhand and is only 45 feet away from the "striker” and there is only one umpire who, if was unsure of the call would ask a spectator.

As the game begins, You’ll realize there are several  rule changes that occurred. Remember this was when ballist didn’t have gloves.

For more information on the rules and history of the game check out the co vintage base ball association website

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