While wearing vintage-style uniforms and using early pieces of equipment, Bay Area Vintage Base Ball will delight the crowds at Big Rec Field at Golden Gate Park (7th Ave and Irving) by playing baseball just like they did in the 1880s. On July 21, 2013, you’ll have a chance to watch the first and longest running vintage base ball league in the region compete during the final day of the season – a double header featuring:
- San Francisco Pelicans vs. the Oakland Colonel (noon)
- San Francisco Pacifics vs. New Almaden Cinnabars (3 p.m.)
Some of the things you will see during the game include the use of small gloves, large wooden bats, and old-style uniforms. The players will bring back a time when the umpires wore top hats. The terminology is also different than the words used today. For example, pitchers were called hurlers, and a pop up was known as a sky ball. And while you won’t see any knuckleballs or split-fingered fastballs (that came after 1886), you may see the occasional spitball.
This event is free to enjoy, so you’re encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it.