Monday, July 31, 2006

Fourth Annual Historic Base Ball Tournament Takes The Sport Back In Time

DETROIT (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some baseball fans in Detroit are going back to a time before steroids, sex scandals and $7 suds.

That’s because the Henry Ford Foundation is holding its Fourth Annual World Tournament of Historic Base Ball (sic) on Friday (Aug. 4), which consists of 16 baseball teams reenacting the national pastime as it was in 1867.

The teams have names like “The Lah-De-Dahs” and “The Unknowns” and all players wear authentic uniforms, complete with NO glove.

As event coordinator Jim Johnson puts it, “In 1867 baseball, it was unmanly to wear gloves during the game.”

Although the rules of the game are a bit different, some sights will be familiar, like peanuts and tons of adoring fans.

However, don’t expect to hear the classic ballpark tune, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” at the tournament.

Johnson says that song wasn’t written until 1908, so a song from 1858 called the “Base Ball Polka” will be played instead.

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