Vintage Base Ball Rules and Terms

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The Great Black Swamp Frogs Base Ball Club plays Civil War Era base ball matches using rules codified in 1860.   The Frogs take some liberties with the rules of 1860, which did not permit substitutions; all participating Frogs are on the batting list and substitutions are made on defense.  The game the Frogs play is fundamentally the same as baseball today and instantly recognizable as such.  There are, however, differences in rules, strategies, and equipment that are portrayed and duplicated as accurately as possible.

Base ball is a gentleman's game:


The umpire:


In pitching:


A striker is out when:


A baserunner is out:


  Other differences between the vintage and modern game: 


Terminology:

In addition to some of the rules, base ball terminology has changed since the early years of the game.   The following guide to Mid-Nineteenth Century Base Ball Terminology may be helpful to spectators (fans) watching their first vintage base ball match:

 

           Vintage Term                          Modern Term

Club ...................................Team
Home/Base .........................Home Plate
Pitcher's Point......................Pitching Rubber
Playground...........................Field
Spectator.............................Fan
Hand Lost............................Player Out
Adversary............................Opponent
Striker/Batsman....................Batter
Pitcher..................................Pitcher
Scorer or Game Keeper.......Score Keeper
Ace......................................Run
Leg It...................................Run to Base

 


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