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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Bruce Leith
Vintage baseball is many things — an alternative to recreational league softball, the athletic equivalent of a Civil War re-enactment, a chance to experience the national pastime as it was played in its formative era. Mostly, though, it's murder on the hands.
"Historically, you were supposed to catch the ball in the air," said Bruce Leith, president of both the Eclipse and the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League. "If you had a chance to catch it and let it bounce, opponents would yell at you for being unmanly."
"We had just finished playing a game," Mr. Leith said. "We were sweaty. We had to stand for 15 minutes in the same pose. Now we know why people are never smiling in old pictures."