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Vintage Base Ball Game Aug. 22

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LEMONT  – The McHenry County Historical Society's "Independants" base ball club is hitting the road for a Civil War-era tilt Sunday, Aug. 22 in Lemont. The field is located at 13860 Main St. Formed in 2013, the McHenry County “Independants” (spelled that way in a newspaper article more than 150 years ago) follow 1858 rules. That means no gloves, lemon-peel baseballs (stitches meet at the top), no pitched balls from the “hurler” and called strikes only if “striker” swings and misses. A ball caught on the first bounce is considered an out and a ball is ruled fair or foul based solely on where it first touches the ground.

Opponents in this round-robin affair include the Lamont Quarrymen, the Somonauk Blue Stockings and the Creston Regulators. The start time is to be determined.

Fans – called kranks, bugs or rooters –  are encouraged to use the terminology of the time, telling the players to “lay that willow on that onion” and “hit the apple out of the orchard.” For more information email manager Kurt "Scoop" Begalka at kurt@mchenrycountyhistory.org.