The national pastime of times past

The national pastime is honored in Loudon County, Va., as the Potomac Nine and the Elkton Eclipse play 1860s-era baseball.

Lee "brew" Donelson of the Elkton Eclipse, center, stretches out before the games started at the Loudoun Preservation Society's 19th Century Baseball Day at the Oatlands, in Leesburg, Va., Sunday, June 12, 2011. All the players were their baseball pants baggy and rolled up showing their socks, like players did in the 1860s. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Lee "brew" Donelson of the Elkton Eclipse, center, stretches out before the games started at the Loudoun Preservation Society's 19th Century Baseball Day at the Oatlands, in Leesburg, Va., Sunday, June 12, 2011. All the players were their baseball pants baggy and rolled up showing their socks, like players did in the 1860s. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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