2nd vintage baseball season begins

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The second season of vintage-era baseball in Tennessee is opening this weekend with a double-header in Knoxville.

A statement from the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball says players will observe the rules and customs that the game had in the 1860s, including playing barehanded.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1gL5T97) reports the event will mark the first vintage-style baseball games in the area in decades.

During a recent scrimmage game, players used 19th century uniforms, wooden bats and balls covered and stitched from one piece of leather. Rules included pitchers throwing underhanded, no balls or strikes being called and fielders being able to catch the ball after one bounce for an out. The sport was also known as base ball, with two words, instead of baseball.

“It’s like re-enacting but without knowing the outcome,” joked Adam Alfrey, the captain of the Knoxville Holstons, which will take on the Dry Town Boys of Roane County in the double-header.

Alfrey, a curator at the East Tennessee History Center, said he helped get the local teams organized after hearing about a couple of teams had been formed in the Nashville area last year.

Holston player Jonathan Jennings said he is enjoying the sport so far.

“I like this where it’s out here to have fun, and not argue and yell at each other,” said Holston player Jonathan Jennings.

Alfrey says the focus is on history and sports.

“We are really about telling the story of vintage baseball,” Alfrey said. “If we play a good game, that is all the better.”

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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