Vintage ‘Base Ball’ comes to Winchester for the very first time

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A hurler with the Fullerton Fire Knockers delivers a pitch. The sir of the game stands behind the pitcher to make calls. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Imagine traveling back to when baseball was played in its purest form. A rustic and pristine pastime of sportsmanship, athleticism and enjoyment. This is how baseball once was, and now thanks to a group of fanatics, a rebirth of vintage base ball is alive and well in Southern California, where it can still be enjoyed in this pure form today. Vintage base ball is baseball played by rules and customs from an earlier period in the sport’s history. The game’s name is typically written “base ball” rather than “baseball,” as that was the spelling used before the 1880s. The ball of the 1860s was a bit larger, heavier and softer than the modern baseball. Games are typically played using rules and uniforms from the 1850s, 1860s and 1880s. [gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" i
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