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1880s Vintage Base Ball: Golden Gate Cup All-Star Game | Golden Gate Park

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Sunday, September 17, 2017 - All Day | Cost: FREE
Big Rec Field (Golden Gate Park) | Lincoln Way and 7th Ave., San Francisco, CA

Event Details

1880s Vintage Base Ball: Golden Gate Cup Championship | Golden Gate Park

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.

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: Golden Gate Cup Championship
Sunday, September 17, 2017 | Noon
Big Rec Field, Golden Gate Park (7th & Irving)

2017 Schedule

September 17 – Final and All-Star Game

  • 1,8/4,5 winner vs. 2,7/3,6 winner – 12 pm – Big Rec, Golden Gate Park
  • San Francisco vs. East/South Bay – 3 pm – Big Rec, Golden Gate Park

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 Terminalogy

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:

“Nice ginger”
“Let’s get a daisy cutter.”
“We’ve got two hands down.”
“Sounds like the cranks are restless.”
“Ducks on the pond for ya.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: FREE
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, Eating & Drinking, History, San Francisco, Sports & Wellness
Address: Lincoln Way and 7th Ave., San Francisco, CA