Throwin’ It Back: 1800’s Style Baseball

The game of baseball has been enjoyed by millions since the mid-1800s. While the rules have changed a little bit over time, the game is still  the same one that has been played in America for over 150 years.

Here in Oakland County, the Royal Oak Wahoo’s and the Rochester Grangers take the game back to its early days. Games are played from the rule book of the 1860’s – and their uniforms and equipment follow suit. Some old school rules include:

  • Batters can not over-run first base – they must stop on it.
  • No GLOVES!  In 1860, everyone caught bare-handed.
  • Players congratulate their opponents when a good play is made, and help the umpire make close calls with honesty.
  • After crossing home plate, the player must approach the scorer’s table, ring a bell, and politely request that the scorekeeper “tally your ace”.
  • And finally, there is no spitting, swearing or other action that may be offensive to a women or children.

Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy this old school style of baseball! Both teams have a few more games scheduled this season – you can view the Wahoo’s schedule HERE, and the Granger’s schedule HERE.

For even more historic baseball, check out the World Tournament of Historic Base Ball, taking place at Greenfield Village on August 9th and 10th. This tournament commemorates Detroit’s 1867 World Base Ball Tournament – and includes live period music, food and a little bit of drama. Tickets and more information can be found HERE.


Let’s play ball!

[All photos by C.E. Stinson]

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