Then while paging through an old issue of Sports Illustrated I saw a couple of paragraphs concerning Jim Bouton discussing something called Vintage Base Ball and his desire to put a federation of the teams together. I vaguely remembered an old teammate of mine, Marc Maznaritz telling me of “an old-timers game” at a county fair a few years back where they played with a leather ball, but no gloves and wooden bats. Well, it was a quick internet search later and I was pouring through more information about the “movement” that I thought possible. Within a couple days I was speaking with a gentleman named Gary “The Professor” Schiappacasse who had a least as much love for the game as I have. By spring 2007 I was playing 1858 Rules Base Ball in my 44th year of playing the game. I was playing on a team called the Chicago Salmon with men whom felt the same way that I do. We played other teams of men (and a couple women) in the Midwest with communities supporting the original ideals of the game. Playing to win; but more, just playing for love of the game.
See this space for more on the joys of Vintage Base Ball in future issues. For now, check out these links for more information: www.chicagosalmon.org and www.wiki.vbba.org
~ Coach Mike