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Watch vintage base ball at Malabar Farm State Park on May 6

• Apr 29, 2018 at 12:00 PM

LUCAS — The Mansfield Independents and the Butler Bulldogs, Richland County’s only vintage base ball teams, will host The Bromfield Cup exhibition match play on Sunday, May 6 at Malabar Farm State Park near Lucas.

Opening ceremonies will start at noon with the first of two seven-inning games starting at 12:15 p.m. behind the working barn on the historic farm of Pulitzer-prize winning author Louis Bromfield.

The matches are one of the state park’s events for the RichHistory Alliance Weekend. Admittance to the games is free. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs and a small food concession will be offered by the Malabar Farm Foundation.

The Mansfield Independents Base Ball Club was founded in 2008, in honor of the original team that first played in Mansfield in 1869. Vintage base ball, historically spelled in two words, is baseball played by the rules and customs of the 19th century. Unlike today’s modern baseball team, vintage clubs play with their bare hands, pitch underhand, fair or foul balls caught on one bounce are considered outs and the players, many of whom have colorful nicknames, dress in period-correct uniforms and caps.

For more information, call Malabar Farm park office at 419-892-2784 or Brian Hartzell at 567-215-3236.

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