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DAVIS– Central Valley Vintage Baseball Using 1864 Rules

October 6, 2018 @ 3:00 am5:00 am

DAVIS– You get another opportunity to play baseball as it was meant to be played — its 1860s rules. It’s free. It’s extremely fun. You don’t need any experience. And we’re looking for players! Come give it a shot and bring a friend out.  Remember to leave your glove at home. You won’t need it! We’ll teach you how to catch a ball barehanded with two hands. It’s not nearly as scary as it sounds. You can also catch it off one bounce and still get the striker out! This is a perfect time of year to play base ball. The temperatures have cooled. The leaves are starting to change color. The MLB playoffs are starting. How could anybody turn down a chance to play America’s pastime as it was played in its formative years? All are welcome to join regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or skill level. Base ball in 1864 differs from the modern game in a few key ways. Instead of gloves, players simply used their hands to catch batted balls; pitchers tossed the ball underhand; the umpire stands off to the side of home plate instead of behind the catcher and does not necessarily always call balls and strikes. The early game also uses the “bound rule,” allows a fielder to catch a ball after it bounces only once, and still getting the out on the striker, making it easier to catch the ball without a glove. John Barovetto Park is located at : 4400 Alhambra Drive Davis, CA 95618 If you’re driving, park on Arroyo Ave or one of the small streets off Arroyo. If needed, we will move over to Robert Arneson Park located at 2800 Moore Blvd. If so, an email will be sent around 9:30 am.    Please RSVP by emailing or texting Matt at 510-846-7438 To learn more, Visit This program is supported by California Humanities through an Humanities for All Quick Grant. 


October 6, 2018
3:00 am – 5:00 am


John Barovetto Park
4400 Alhambra Drive
Davis, CA 95618 United States
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