Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Historic Baseball Game Heats Up Old Rivalries

DETROIT, Mich. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Baseball fans in Detroit are taking the gloves off and fighting – old school rules.

The Henry Ford Foundation’s 5th Annual World Tournament of Historic Base Ball (sic) hits the field August 3rd-5th, and features 16 teams reenacting the national pastime as it was back in 1867.

That means authentic uniforms, underhand pitching, and no gloves.

And while it’s all fun and games, event organizer Jim Johnson says you can still expect a baseball battle to brew.

Johnson says that only the team captain can address the umpire, and that “most things are settled on a gentleman’s honor,” but adds, “some teams get a little overzealous.”

This includes a club from Canal Fulton, Ohio, whose true period portrayal involves a steamy protest.

Johnson explains, “They’re a canal town, so they hate the steam locomotive and what it stands for. When it goes by they turn their back on it.”

And while the good, old-fashioned bickering is still around today, there’s one aspect of this tournament that may leave you in need of a serious seventh inning stretch.

The games run much longer than today’s games, with each team racking up 30 to 40 runs.

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