Vintage Baseball Game
One thing I learned about 1860s baseball, it certainly wasn’t a fast paced game! The Quicksteps Vintage Baseball club went up against the “150 Eagan Celebrity Team” which included Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire as well as a couple of reporters from Fox 9 and an array of counsel members.
A woman in a period dress was passing out the rules as the variations to the modern game of baseball were quite daunting. It seemed most troubling for the Eagan team was the “one bounce” rule second only to the “over running the base” rule. A foul ball where the ball is stricken by the bat, can be caught (even after the first bounce) to result in that player being out. If a player over runs a base they can be tagged and also called out. Needless to say the Quicksteps had a bit of an unfair advantage.
We sat right behind the Quicksteps “dug-out” and each time a player would step up to bat a chorus of “Strike Well!”s would ring accross the diamond.
You will have to excuse the pictures, our battery on our camera was dead so we were using a cell phone to take these pictures!
The man in the brown jacket with the walking stick was the coach for the Quicksteps. They were a great show, although I might guess that attending one of their usual games against another historic baseball team might be a little more exciting and authentic.
I really enjoyed an informational poster they had put up about some of the early Eagan Baseball games, including some of the names of participants of an early team including : Rahn and LeMay.
We had a blast, and what a neat idea for the City of Eagan! I’m really looking forward to seeing my next vintage baseball game.