A friendly game of baseball, 1861 style

When the Thames Base Ball Club hosted the Lyme Taverners on the lawn of Fort Trumbull State Park in New London, their game recalled an earlier era when sportsmanship and gentlemanly play was prized. Vintage baseball teams play by 1861 rules with a handmade ball and no gloves. And while players still have the competitive spirit, most prize camaraderie among teammates and opponents over being the winner according to the scoreboard.


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