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Vintage Base Ball Game

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PRAIRIE GROVE – The McHenry County Historical Society's "Independants" base ball club will host the McLean County Prairie Chickens at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in a Civil War-era tilt. The match will be played in Village Hall Park in Prairie Grove – located at Ames and Barreville roads, east of Route 31 and north of Route 176. The two clubs will play according to 1858 rules, which differed significantly from modern baseball. Players did not use gloves. A ball caught on the first bounce was considered an out and a ball was considered fair or foul based solely on where it first touched the ground. Fans, called “kranks” or “bugs” at the time, should bring their own chairs or a blanket to sit on, and be mindful of social distancing from others to ensure everyone's safety. For information contact historical society administrator Kurt Begalka at 815-923-2267.