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Old Time Baseball

HPHA is bringing Old Time Baseball to Horsham!

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)

Saturday
September 19, 2015
Noon-3PM
Penrose Strawbridge Farm (Directions)

Admission is FREE!

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.

From Vintage baseball proves a hit with modern players (ESPN):

PHILADELPHIA -- From afar, it looks and sounds like a regular recreational baseball game: the crack of the bat, the cheering from the bench, the sliding into home.
But a closer glance at this field in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park shows something isn't quite right. They're pitching underhand. No one is using a batting helmet, fielding glove or catcher's mask. And what's up with those floppy hats and groomed mustaches?
"Striker to the line!" bellows a man wearing a straw hat, suit and bow tie.
Translation: "Batter up!"
This is not your father's baseball. Or even your grandfather's baseball. It's your great-great-grandfather's game.

So come on out and join the fun!

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.

... 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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