Talk: Baseball in the mid-1800s

Talk: Baseball in the mid-1800s 2019-06-28T14:25:01-04:00

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On Tuesday, July 16, Jim Apple of the Talbot Fair Plays will speak about the old-time game of baseball — and how it was played in the 1800s — at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester at 6pm. Prior to the discussion, visitors can enjoy hot dogs and soda pop in observance of National Hot Dog Day, beginning at 5pm.

The Talbot Fair Plays formed in 2006, more than 140 years after the original Fair Play Base Ball Club began play in Talbot County. This vintage club plays according to the rules of 1864. Some of these rules seem peculiar to baseball fans of 2019.

This Club is part of the Mid-Atlantic League that includes about thirty club nines extending from Providence, Rhode Island to Lewes, Delaware. These enthusiasts love the game enough to play this bare-handed, field ball the way that it was originally intended.

Learn about the origins of America’s favorite pastime and how to become involved in its revived version should you choose. This event is free, although donations are encouraged. The Heritage Museums as located at 1003 Greenway Drive in Cambridge, Maryland. For more information call 410-228-7953.

You can also see the new exhibit about baseball at the Heritage Museums & Gardens of Dorchester, which includes photos and items from Dorchester County-area baseball teams of the past. The exhibit continues through October.

Talbot Fair Plays Team, which plays according to 1864 rules