Vintage baseball league begins spring training

Vintage baseball league starts spring training despite winter conditions.

Posted: Apr 9, 2018 7:55 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Rooster Baseball Club of Rochester is ready to play ball even if the weather isn’t.

The vintage baseball team plays the game as it was played in the year 1860. These means different rules, different versions of equipment, but still a whole lot of fun.

“There’s enough different that it makes it really fun to teach people all the history of the game…the who’s, the why’s, the where’s, the when’s, that’s what I love about it,” Corky Gaskell, player with the league, said.

The league is also a source of education. They reach out and teach the public the history of baseball.

The baseball club kicked off the season with Spring training in the Rochester Regional Sports Dome.

“The weather outside is freightful. Because when we do want to have a practice we can't count on the weather. And it just makes it a lot easier to know we got a place to go a place to play,” Gaskell said.

The club plays without baseball gloves since gloves weren’t invented at the time. So indoor spring training is helpful when players are itching to play.

This year has been especially tough…By now a lot of the guys have been in the side yards or driveways playing catch or whatever, just getting loose,” he said. “We just can't get a weather day to do that comfortably. Since we're trying to play catch with your bare hands and it's cold.”

To learn more about the league click here.

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