Part competitive athletic, component historical re-enactment, the vintage game played employing the rules of the late 19 th century has grown at quite a clip
As the rain began to fall, Brigid Day seemed around the field of play, pausing for a moment. It was only a drizzle, she figured, but it wouldnt take much more than a light coating to lend a certain slickness to the playing surface. After all, Day mused, this was baseball.
Except it wasnt baseball per se. Not as she had come to know it.
This was base ball, the original game, from which todays modern version evolved. Bare bones. Minus the hoopla. A barren field of play , not quite familiar to the game shed been raised to love: essentially a piece of pastureland. The couture, ditto: heavy, baggy uniforms topped off with antiquated soft caps. Peculiar nomenclature: Huzzah! and references to the willow, the dish and the striker.( Translated: Hooray! The bat, the home plate and the batter .)
In the early days , no gloves were used by fielders. Pitchers, then known as bowlers, as in cricket, threw underhand. Batters were considered out when balls were caught after the first bouncing. Base ball . Before sportswriters could contract the two terms into one. Playing like they did in 1864, when the civil war was still raging. The very roots.
I fell in love instantly, says the 44 -year-old Day, a librarian from Brentwood, Tennessee, and a lifelong softball player and fan of the Chicago Cubs, of her morphing into a ballist, the contemporary word for a base ball player. It was such an interesting spin to a game that I have played recreationally my whole life. I remember that first day when it started to drizzle. The new players all kind of appeared around because we were used to baseball, where once the rain comes, the game aims. But we were playing base ball, adds Day, also known by the moniker Ginger, another example of the vintage games faithfulness to tradition.
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