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For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: April 19, 2015 (Rain Date April 26, 2015)

 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Rockwall County Historical Foundation Presents Vintage Base Ball

Learn the origins and early history of baseball as well as the customs and practices of the players and spectators.

 

Left: Rockwall Retros; Right: Farmers Branch Mustangs

 

 

Rockwall, Texas, March 12, 2015 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - Learn the origins and early history of baseball as well as the customs and practices of the players and spectators.  Join members of Rockwall County Historical Foundation on Sunday afternoon, April 19, 2015 for a Vintage Base Ball match (www.rockwallcountyhistoricalfoundation.com) between the Rockwall Retros and Farmers Branch Mustangs.  First pitch will be at 1:00 pm at the Campbell Complex, 900 Yellow Jacket Ln., across the street from Rockwall High School.  Admission is $5.00.  Concessions will open at noon serving hot dogs, cold drinks and other traditional fare.  Rain date will be April 26.  
 
Around the turn of the century, when base ball was considered a gentlemanly game, Sunday afternoon matches were a popular past time.  Teams from surrounding communities enjoyed friendly competitive breaks from farming activities.  Matches might be held in a vacant lot or field, but that site became another version of the town square, a place to see and be seen. Loyal community supporters encouraged their teams with cheers for fun and community pride. 
 
Vintage Base Ball teams and followers can be found all across the country.  Rules adopted in 1860 and printed in Beadleís Dime Base-Ball Player publication govern the matches.  Some of the period rules include:  Players do not wear gloves or other protective equipment; the ball is pitched underhand as near as possible to the center of home plate; the umpire does not call balls; and a batted ball is determined fair or foul by where it first hits the ground; sliding into a base is discouraged and deemed ungentlemanly; and no person engaged in a match, either as umpire, scorer or player, shall be either directly or indirectly, interested in any bet upon the game.  
 
A vintage ball is made of one-piece hand-stitched white or tan leather in a lemon peel design and is somewhat softer than newer balls, making it easier to catch barehanded.  The bat is wooden, typically 35 inches long and called a Willow.  Becoming familiar with early base ball terms adds to the enjoyment of the match.  Baseball was not combined as one word until the 1930s.  Come to see and be seen on April 19 and experience base ball as it was originally enjoyed. Spring is in the air.  Itís time to play ball.

 

RCHF is a 501(c)3 organization that is tax-exempt.

Web: www.rockwallcountyhistoricalfoundation.com, Phone: (972) 722-1507

 

 

 

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Media Contact: Carolyn Francisco

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Rockwall County Historical Foundation

Rockwall, Texas

Web: www.rockwallcountyhistoricalfoundation.com

 

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Rockwall County Historical Foundation Presents Vintage Base Ball

Learn the origins and early history of baseball as well as the customs and practices of the players and spectators.  Join members of Rockwall County Historical Foundation on Sunday afternoon, April 19, 2015 for a Vintage Base Ball match (www.rockwallcountyhistoricalfoundation.com) between the Rockwall Retros and Farmers Branch Mustangs.  First pitch will be at 1:00 pm at the Campbell Complex, 900 Yellow Jacket Ln., across the street from Rockwall High School.  Admission is $5.00.  Concessions will open at noon serving hot dogs, cold drinks and other traditional fare.  Rain date will be April 26. Around the turn of the century, when base ball was considered a gentlemanly game, Sunday afternoon matches were a popular past time.  Teams from surrounding communities enjoyed friendly competitive breaks from farming activities.  Matches might be held in a vacant lot or field, but that site became another version of the town square, a place to see and be seen. Loyal community supporters encouraged their teams with cheers for fun and community pride. Web: www.rockwallcountyhistoricalfoundation.com, Phone: (972) 722-1507

Event Name: Vintage Base Ball

Event Date: April 19, 2015 (Rain Date April 26, 2015)

Event Location: Campbell Complex, 900 Yellow Jacket Ln., Rockwall, TX

Admission: $5.00 Admission

Web: www.rockwallcountyhistoricalfoundation.com, Phone: (972) 722-1507

 


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