Archbold, OH – Families from throughout the region can enjoy an afternoon of old-time baseball on Saturday, July 26 as the Great Black Swamp Frogs, the Spiegel Grove Squires and the Elkhart County Railroaders gather for a Vintage Base Ball Tournament at Sauder Village. With three base ball games being played using rules from the 1860s, this fun-filled event is sure to be a big hit with families throughout the region!
“Vintage base ball is an increasingly popular sport across the country and we are pleased to be hosting a tournament again this year at Sauder Village,” shared Kim Krieger, PR/Media Relations. “Originally developed in the Midwest, vintage base ball follows the rules and customs established early in baseball’s history. Sauder Village guests of all ages will enjoy watching three teams dressed in vintage uniforms play base ball using rules from more than 150 years ago.”
This is the fourth year for a Vintage Base Ball Tournament to be held at Sauder Village. There will be three games played throughout the afternoon. The first game will be at noon with the Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania playing the Spiegel Grove Squires from Fremont. The second game at 1:30 will feature the Great Black Swamp Frogs and the Elkhart County Railroaders. The third game at 3:00 will showcase the Elkhart County Railroaders and the Spiegel Grove Squires.
Both teams, dressed in vintage uniforms, will work to bring the history of the game of base ball to life. They will play shortened games in the pasture area and will play by 1860s rules. The team with either the best record or the most runs scored overall will win the tournament and the winning team will receive a hand-made travelling trophy made at Sauder Village. Between the games, children will have a chance to run the bases.
Sauder Village has many other great events planned yet this summer. Early in August guests will enjoy the 31st Annual Doll & Teddy Bear Show and Sale and Antique Bicycles on August 2 & 3 and the Rug Hooking Exhibit August 13-16. Other late summer events include a Barbershop Sing on August 23 and Preserving Our Memories on September 13.
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