Vintage Base Ball Comes to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis

October 04, 2010 Posted by: Diane Fefferman

Vintage Base Ball (yes, it was spelled as two words originally) was played on the grounds surrounding the Gateway Arch on the first weekend in October.  This was the Missouri Cup played by 1860s rules in 1860s uniforms.  In the exhibition matches on Saturday, eight teams competed in round robin style.  On Sunday, the top two teams played one another for the Missouri Cup.  Sunday's game between the St. Louis Perfectos and the St. Louis Unions was filled with excitement.  It was a real nail biter.  The Unions led 7 - 2 by the bottom of the 7th inning.  Perfectos scored 5 runs in the 8th inning and another 2 runs in the 9th inning to take the lead 9 - 7.  Then the Unions would go on to score 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to win 10 - 9.  This would be the Unions 3rd consecutive win of the Missouri Cup.  Way to go! 

Some Vocabulary of Vintage Base Ball

Striker = The   Batter 

Hurler = The Pitcher              

Behind = The Catcher

Ballist = The Ball Player Cranks = The Fans Leg It! = Run!
Sky Ball = A Flyball Ace = A Run Four Baser = Home Run

To learn more about the two teams mentioned in this post go to or


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