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Old Time Baseball

HPHA hosted the Philadelphia Athletic Base Ball Club and Rising Sun Base Ball Club from Baltimore in a double-header on a beautiful fall day (9/19/2015) at the Penrose Strawbridge Farm. Both teams play in the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League. (see video below for a primer on the game)

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The Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League plays real baseball as it was defined in 1864. Gloves were not yet in use! This is baseball as might have been played by folks at the Penrose farm back in the 19th century.

The teams laid out the bases in the field between Graeme Park and the Penrose Strawbridge House. Our horse statue was in deep left field but the teams worked around it.

photo of horse statue in left field

... and here is some of the action...

More on the game from the Intelligencer. The Athletic have also previously been covered by ESPN.

What is Old Time Baseball?

Old Time Baseball is like modern baseball but as the game was played in 1864: the pitching is underhand, the players don't wear gloves, and the umpire stands off to the side Some of the other subtleties of the game are explained by Dan from the Philadelphia Athletic in this video below:

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Old Time Baseball Pitch
HPHA hosted the Philadelphia Athletic and the Rising Sun of Baltimore in a vintage baseball doubleheader at the Penrose Strawbridge House
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Old Time Baseball Horse Statue
Left Fielders at our vintage baseball game had to share the outfield with statue of a galloping thoroughbred on the grave of Welsh Strawbridge's horse River Breeze. The Visitor's Center for Graeme Park is seen to the right.
photo of horse statue in left field
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