Base Ball–1870’s Style

25 Jul

The game of baseball has been enjoyed by millions since the mid-1800s. While the rules have changed a little bit over time, the game is still basically the same one that has been played for over 150 years in America.

Locally, the Royal Oak Wahoo’s and the Rochester Grangers take the game back to its early days.  .

Both teams play the game by the rules of the day — that day being in the1860’s. 

Baseball1Here are a few of the rules that were in play in the early days of the game

There are no balls or strikes called by the umpire.
Batters can not over-run first base – they must stop on it.
No GLOVES!  In 1860, everyone caught bare-handed.
You congratulate your opponents when a good play is made and help the umpire make close calls with honesty.
After crossing home plate, the player must approach the scorer’s table, ring a bell, and politely request that the scorekeeper "tally your ace".

And finally, there is no spitting, swearing or other action that may be offensive to a lady.

Both teams have a couple of games left on their schedules, so if you get a chance you should take in a game of some good old-time vintage Base Ball.

For even more historic baseball, on August 9th and 10th the World Tournament of Historic Base Ball takes place at Greenfield Village.

The event commemorates Detroit’s 1867 World Base Ball Tournament.

For more on the World Tournament of Historic Base Ball visit The Henry Ford/Greenfield Village baseball website.

photos by c.e.stinson

William Shakespeare in a Royal Oak Park

16 Jul

SITPRO14 Royal Oak’s Starr Jaycee Park is a 28-acre park with play structures, a disk golf course, mini-train tracks, ball diamonds and for a short time each summer, the wit and prose of William Shakespeare. Now in it’s 14th year in Royal Oak, Shakespeare in the Park is Michigan’s largest professional outdoor theatre event. This year, there are two productions: Hamlet and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged & Revised). Continue reading

Quake on the Lake – 2014

3 Jul

quake2bOn July 18th-20th, we will be watching the hydroplanes fly across the water of Pontiac Lake along with thousands of county residents and out of town visitors.

With the speeds reaching well over 150 mph, and with some of the best powerboats pilots in the country driving, you know the races will be very exciting, and the finishes very close. Continue reading

Wild Summer Nights (At the Zoo) 2014

30 Jun

Wild Summer NightsWild Summer Nights return to the Detroit Zoo starting July 2. The Zoo’s after hours concerts feature a variety of sounds from local bands on Wednesday Night during the months of July and August. Continue reading

Concerts in the Park (Oakland County Communities 2014)

27 Jun

DSC_0137b_thumb.jpgMany Oakland County communities have summer concert series in their parks and downtowns.

With the wide range of musical styles that are presented in these concerts, you can easily find one that fits your musical taste, or take a chance and just go. You never know, you might discover something new and different that you like. Continue reading

2014 Oakland County Fair

24 Jun

County FairLast year over 110,000 visited the Oakland County Fair at Springfield Oaks Park in Davisburg.

Those that attend this years fair will not only have the chance to experience the excitement of the “Night of Destruction” demolition derby, and the thrill of midway carnival rides, they will also see the rich agricultural heritage of the region in the  projects and displays of the youth in Oakland County 4H clubs. Continue reading

Boom! Bang! Boom! Oakland County Fireworks 2014

18 Jun

4th of July Fireworks
For most people, the 4th of July is nothing without spectacular fireworks illuminating the night sky.  A number of Oakland County communities
will be celebrating over the next few weeks.

Here is our list of upcoming  firework displays around Oakland County– most of these shows begin at dusk, so grab a blanket or some lawn chairs and be prepared to be amazed.

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