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.

Potomac Nine's Dave "Hustler" Norkus, of Crofton, Md. who has been playing in the Mid Atlantic Vintage Baseball League for two years, applies some adhesive "grip stick" to his bat during a game during the Loudoun Preservation Society's 19th Century Baseball Day at the Oatlands, in Leesburg, Va., Sunday, June 12, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Potomac Nine's Dave "Hustler" Norkus, of Crofton, Md. who has been playing in the Mid Atlantic Vintage Baseball League for two years, applies some adhesive "grip stick" to his bat during a game during the Loudoun Preservation Society's 19th Century Baseball Day at the Oatlands, in Leesburg, Va., Sunday, June 12, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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