1880s Vintage Base Ball: Season Finale | Golden Gate Park
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Big Rec Field (Golden Gate Park) | Lincoln Way and 7th Ave., San Francisco, CA
Come on out to Big Rec in Golden Gate Park (7th Ave and Irving) and see base ball played by 1880s rules, using vintage style uniforms and equipment.
On the final day of the 2013 season, bring a picnic and you’ll be treated to a double header of the San Francisco Pelicans vs. the Oakland Colonels at noon, followed by the San Francisco Pacifics vs. New Almaden Cinnabars at 3 pm.
Bay Area Vintage Base Ball is the first and longest running vintage base ball league in the Bay Area. They play by the rules of 1886 with small gloves, large wooden bats, old style uniforms, umpires in fancy hats, and strive for historical accuracy.
And there’s no posing for home runs, high fives or chest bumping around. Those didn’t exist in 1886.
1880s Vintage Base Ball Final Day
Sunday, July 21, 2013 – Game 1 at noon; Game 2 at 3 pm
Big Rec Field, Golden Gate Park (7th & Irving)
Hurlers (don’t call them pitchers) work not from a mound, but from a box 50 feet from the plate. They cannot employ knuckleballs or split-fingered fastballs or any other delivery that was developed post-1886. Spitballs? Why not? They were legal back then. Read more at sfgate.com
VINTAGE BASE BALL TERMINOLOGY
Aces = Runs
Baller, Ballist = Player
Behind = Catcher
Blind, Blinder = No score
Bound = Bounce
Bounder = A bouncing ball that doesn’t go out of the infield
Capital = The best, first rate (ie.”capital play”)
Captain = Manager
Cranks = Base ball fans
Daisy Cutter = A sharply hit ground ball
Garden = Outfield
Ginger = Determination, quick fierce play
Hand = An out, “Three hands down” ends an inning
Hurler = Pitcher
Match, match game = A game between two clubs, as opposed to intra-club games
Muff = A muffed ball is a missed catch or grounder
Muffin = A less talented player on a club. Also called a “scrub”
Picked Nine = An early type of all star team. The best local players picked to play a specific club passing through the area
Safety = A safe hit
Sky ball = Pop-up
Short Field = An early name for a shortstop
Striker = Batter
“Striker to the line” = Batter Up
Tally = To score a run; score
You may hear phrases during the game such as:
“Let’s get a daisy cutter.”
“We’ve got two hands down.”
“Sounds like the cranks are restless.”
“Ducks on the pond for ya.
Links: Event detailsCost: FREE
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