August 2006 Archives
By Craig Clary - Copyright Owings Mills Times
Fathers have bonded with their sons in a ritual as old as America's pastime - baseball.
"Hey Dad...you wanna have a catch?" - from "Field of Dreams," was one of the classic movie's most compelling lines.
Just imagine, though, what the first generation of players endured to play the game.
Like playing catch without a glove.
That's exactly what vintage baseball enthusiasts with the Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club were doing at a practice at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County last month.
It's not your father's baseball or even your grandfathers' game they play. It's more like your great, great grandfather's game.
Using rules strictly from the post-Civil War era, the Chesapeake and Potomac squad eschews basket-sized outfielder mitts or triple wall titanium bats.