ZOAR - Historic Zoar Village is inviting the community to come out and enjoy the great game of baseball played the old-fashioned way.
The village has assembled a vintage baseball team to take on the Ohio Village Muffins this Sunday starting at 2 pm. The game will consist of nine innings played according to baseball rules circa 1860.
The Muffins are an all-volunteer team made up of members of the Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society. They began playing base ball (which was historically two words) in 1981 and played according to the rules written by the first team to write them down, the New York Knickerbockers. The Muffins were the first team in the nation to play a regular schedule of vintage baseball matches and have helped nearly 50 other vintage baseball teams get their start in other states and in Canada.
In vintage baseball, it’s not only the rules that are different - it’s also the equipment. Bats are no larger than 2.5 inches in diameter, but they may be any length. Balls are 10-inches circumference with a single piece of leather covering them. Bases are at least one square foot and are filled with sand or sawdust. Ball gloves and protective equipment had not yet been invented.
The Zoar team will be captained by Shayne Britton and Justin Wallace. The team will be dressed in period shirts, ties and hats.
The event is free to attend but donations are appreciated. All proceeds will go toward the preservation and educational efforts of Historic Zoar Village. For more information, call 330-874-3011.
About Historic Zoar Village
Historic Zoar Village was founded by German Separatists in 1817 and thrived as a communal settlement for more than 80 years. Today, the village is home to approximately 75 families living in homes built from 1817 to present. Zoar’s historical district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark District. Dozens of village structures have been painstakingly preserved through the collaborative efforts of the Zoar Community Association and the Ohio History Connection.
HISTORIC ZOAR VILLAGE