Join the Merchants and Drovers Tavern and The Elizabeth Resolutes on August 7, starting at 10am, when we will be hosting six other vintage base ball teams on three fields at Rahway River Park to showcase how base ball was played back in the mid 19th century.
Bring a lawn chair, stop by the park and enjoy the games, or stay for the Q&A about Vintage Base Ball. Visit the Merchants and Drovers tent and learn more about how this great game was played in the past.
The Resolutes play by the rules outlined in the DeWitt’s Guide to baseball of 1870, commemorating when the original Elizabeth Resolutes captured the New Jersey State Amateur Base Ball Championship, though the teams we’ll be hosting follow the Beadles Dime Base Ball Guide for 1864 rules.
The Vintage Base Ball players all play in period-correct uniforms (often heavy cotton material), and use equipment specific to that era – or lack thereof, making it an exciting game to watch, and offering a historical insight into where the game evolved from.
The following is the lineup of teams for the day:
- The Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn, NY
- The Brandywine Base Ball Club of West Chester, PA
- The Eclipse Base Ball Club of Elkton, MD
- The Liberty Base Ball Club of New Brunswick, NJ
- The Mutual Base Ball Club of New York
- The 1859 Hoboken Base Ball Club of Hoboken, NJ
The Base Ball History Day was conceived by Elizabeth Resolutes team founder and former Captain, Paul Salomone.