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Watch a vintage “base ball” game this Labor Day weekend

The Ohio History Connection hosts the Ohio Cup, an annual vintage “base ball” festival that brings 25+ vintage teams from across the state and country to play by the 1860s rules of the game.

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Bats are still used in base ball, but not gloves. | Photos via Ohio History Connection

If you see people in historical clothing playing in a field this weekend, don’t be alarmed — it’s just the Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival.

This annual tradition brings 25+ teams from Ohio and beyond to Ohio Village for two days of vintage base ball. What’s the difference? We’re glad you asked.

Vintage base ball is played by the rules set in 1860 when the game originated. This means no sliding, no stealing bases, and pitches are expected to be mostly hittable. Additionally, the sleek modern sportswear has been ditched for age appropriate attire, with women rocking long dresses and men sporting frilly shirts.

If you want to get in on the action, tickets range from $10-$16 and are free for kids younger than three. Plus, get to know The Ohio Muffins, our hometown heroes and heroines, who will be competing.

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