It’s time to PLAY BALL, 19th century style!
Meadowcroft will host its annual Vintage “Base Ball” Day on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate America’s pastime and cheer on the mighty Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder and the formidable Addison Mountain Stars, who will don vintage uniforms and play by the rules commonly used during the 1860s.
The teams will play two games at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. using the rule book adopted on March 14, 1860, by the National Association of Base-Ball Players that included many distinct differences from the pastime we know and love today:
• Gloves were not commonly used.
• Players were referred to as “ballists.”
• A batter was called a “striker.”
• A fly ball caught after one bounce resulted in the batter, or striker, being called out.
Throughout the day, step even further back in time and enjoy family-friendly activities offered at Meadowcroft.
Explore an Indian wigwam in a recreated 16th-century Monongahela Indian Village, watch a blacksmith forge red-hot iron in the 19th-century Meadowcroft Village, and tour the Rockshelter, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest site of human habitation in North America.
Kids get in FREE to the Vintage Base Ball Day event thanks to support from UPMC, which is sponsoring free admission for kids age 17 and under throughout August and September.
For regular visitors, the event is included with standard Meadowcroft admission: $15 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, and $7 for students.
Snacks will be available for purchase and we encourage you to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the games!
For more information, please contact Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village at 724-587-3412.