'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' in the 1860s

'The Striker is Dead'

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Vintage baseball from the 1860s came to the South Platte Valley Historic Park in Fort Lupton May 1. There were parts of the game that looked the same; others not so much.

The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association plays its games according to the rules of the day. That meant no gloves, fielders could catch fly balls on one hop to record an out and fair or foul balls depended on where the ball landed first, not where it touched after it passed first or third base.

Players used monikers instead of their real names. Batters were “strikers.” If they made an out, the arbiter (today’s umpire) announced, “The Striker is Dead.”

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