Base Ball Under the Gateway Arch

September 28, 2010 Posted by: Rose Hoots, Park Permits

Just because our St. Louis Cardinals won't be playing ball at Busch Stadium in late October, doesn't mean you can't see a full weekend of "Vintage Base Ball" (yes, it was two words originally), on the Gateway Arch grounds.Vintage base ball is amateur base ball played by the rules and customs of any earlier period.Players dress in period uniforms and enact rules and use language reminiscent of 1860s-era America.I use the word "enact" because games are not "re-enactments," but are recreational and completely unscripted.On October 2 and 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, each day, come see the game of base ball played by the rules set forth in 1860.  This is a FREE event! Six teams will be playing for the Missouri Cup, a "bragging rights" trophy.Play Ball!

Various club websites that contain more information on vintage base ball are:

St. Louis Unions –

St. Louis Perfectos –

University City Lions –

St. Louis Brown Stockings –

Vermilion Voles –

Vintage Base Ball Association –

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