There was a double-header of base ball today. All four of the local vintage teams played. The games used the 1865 rules.
One interesting thing that happened was one of the balls got hit over the back fence. By the rules of the day this is an automatic double, not a ‘home run.’ In the earliest days of base ball there was no fence in the backfield. The fences came up when base ball became popular enough to start selling tickets. The fence would keep non-paying spectators away from the field. It had the additional advantage of allowing advertising space to be sold. In fact the museum’s outfield wall is decorated with adds from local businesses made up in a 19th century style.
The results of the second game are as follows:
During the second game the Rochesters had 9 players available and Flower City had 11. Later in the game one of the Rochesters players pulled a muscle or something and was told to sit out for a time. Luckily one of the Knickerbocker players was still nearby and was drafted to fill in the whole in the Rochesters team.
These were the last regular games of the season. Next week is the playoffs for the Mayor’s Cup, in early October will be the championship game.