ARCHBOLD – Families can enjoy an afternoon of old-time base ball on Saturday, July 25 as the Great Black Swamp Frogs, the Spiegel Grove Squires and the Elkhart County Railroaders gather for a Vintage Base Ball Tournament at Sauder Village. With three base ball games being played, using rules from the 1860s and a visit from Muddy from the Toledo Mud Hens, this fun-filled event is sure to be a big hit with families throughout the region.
“Originally developed in the Midwest, vintage base ball follows the rules and customs established early in baseball’s history and we look forward to sharing this historic sport with our guests,” shared Kim Krieger, PR/Media Relations. “We are we are pleased to be hosting the afternoon tournament again this year and also look forward to having the Muddy the Mud Hen, to throw out the first pitch.”
This is the fifth year for a Vintage Base Ball Tournament to be held at Sauder Village. There will be three games played throughout the afternoon. The first game will begin at noon in the pasture. Dressed in vintage uniforms, the vintage base ball players will work to bring the history of the game to life.
Teams will play shortened games in the pasture area, playing by 1860s rules. The team with either the best record or the most runs scored overall will win the tournament and the winning team will receive a hand-made travelling trophy made at Sauder Village. Between the games, children will have a chance to run the bases. Muddy will be exploring the Historic Village and meeting guests from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.