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Rochester Fire Department and Police Department get a baseball history lesson

The Roosters Base Ball Club challenged the first responders to a an 1860's-style base ball game.

Posted: Aug. 5, 2018 2:11 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Back in the day, baseball was spelled with a space between base and ball.

That's one of plenty of differences between modern baseball and baseball in its infancy in the 1860's.

The Olmsted County History Center's Roosters are used to all of these differences including catching the ball bare-handed and wearing historically accurate uniforms, but their opponents on Saturday were not.

The Rochester Fire Department and Rochester Police Department had the chance to play the Roosters in a game of baseball the way America's pastime was originally played.

"Baseball's America's pastime and we want to show our respect for the game and the history of the game by bringing it to life, showing people how it was played," explains captain of the Roosters Corky Gaskell. "Most people that love baseball don't know how it started. They think it's always been played the way it's been played and they don't know. So we want to bring them out here and teach them how it was really played and have a little fun at the same time."

The Roosters and the Hens are members of the Vintage Base Ball Association.

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