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Historical societies to play ball

The historical societies of Chester, Deep River and Essex are teaming up to present their second Vintage Base Ball game on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Devitt Field, on Main Street in Deep River. The 2 p.m. game will be free to the public. Three teams will play two or three innings each by late 19th-century rules and customs to recreate the earliest days of America’s pastime. Historical commentary will be provided to help the audience understand baseball rules of the 1850s. Players will wear specially made uniforms and caps representing their towns’ uniforms of the past and will use authentic reproduction wooden bats and hand-sewn hard balls. Old-time refreshments will be sold by Ivoryton Tavern. Raindate will be Sept. 27. For more information, call (860) 526-2331 or visit


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