E Memorial Dr
Nashville, IL 62263
Saturday, June 24, 2017
1: 00 pm to 4:00 pm
Nashville Memorial Park
Diamond Across Creek # 4
604 E Memorial Dr.
Nashville, Illinois 62263
Vintage Base Ball Murphysboro Clarkes VS Vandalia Old Capitols
Come watch base ball (yes, spelled as two words) played according to the rules and customs of 1860. Bring the family to see the game as it was played in its early days, with no gloves and compliments to the other team for outstanding plays. Free admission. Bring a lawn chair.
The WCHS and the Nashville Memorial Park Board are proud to present vintage base ball games on Saturday, June, 24, at 11:00 am at the Nashville City Park. The games will be played on the ball field closest to the Nashville Creek and the Golf Course. Admission is free! Hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, soda, and water will be available just as they were back in the “olden days.” Seating will be limited on bleachers so be sure to bring a lawn chair. Hope to see you there. Here’s a little more info on the vintage base ball sport.
Vintage base ball (the term was originally spelled as two words) is a fun sport played by men and women of all ages. The 1860’s version of the game is similar to modern baseball with a few exceptions, such as underhand pitching, a softer ball, no sliding, and no gloves. The ball can be caught in the air or on one bounce for an out. Games are not usually played on formal ball fields, but in parks and open areas. When many of the vintage players were younger they played baseball or softball. The rules of the vintage game allow these players to continue their love of the game through competition, with much less physical toll than playing modern baseball.
Affiliated with the Murphysboro Park District, the Murphysboro Clarkes were formed in 2005 by a local group of baseball enthusiasts. The Clarkes’ roster features players from 20 to 61 years old. The Clarkes play around 16 dates a year, from May through October. In 2016, the team was honored to play at the Field of Dreams in Iowa, realizing a long-held dream for many players. The Clarkes are the southern-most vintage team in Illinois and regularly travel to St. Louis and the Metro East region to play opponents. learn more about the team at www.facebook.com/MurphysboroClarkes/.