Geary Family YMCA will be hosting a vintage base ball game at Foundation Park (Field #1) July 5 at 6 p.m. versus the Ohio Village Muffins.
The Ohio Village Muffins are a group of enthusiastic lovers of the game who carry on the tradition of the sport as it was played in mid-nineteenth-century America, according to a news release.
The first thing told to people new to “vintage” base ball is that, historically, “base ball” was two words, the release states. This is important because vintage players like to do everything as the base ball players of 1860 did it: Play by their rules, dress in their uniforms, and exemplify their gentlemanly behavior.
The Geary Family YMCA team consists of Eric Stinehelfer (YMCA), Greg Flores (YMCA), Eric Keckler (Mayor), Keith Loreno (Police Chief), Marcus Hyde (FHS/MSU), Dustin Smith (FHS), Rob Ellis (FHS), Nate Viets (SWHS), Eric Perkins (SWHS), Brian Shaver (SWHS), Renee Smith (City Grants Writer), Bridgette Mundy (GFCF), Allyson Murray (SSD) and other local players. All players will be in vintage uniforms and will play according to the rules of 1860, according to the release.
Grant Jackson, FHS standout, and former major league baseball pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos, and Kansas City Royals from 1965 to 1982, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and coach the Fostoria squad.
In his career, Jackson pitched in the World Series three times; in 1971 for the Orioles, 1976 for the Yankees, and 1979 for the Pirates, and was the winning pitcher for the Pirates in Game 7 of the 1979 World Series. He also played for the Gold Coast Suns of the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989.
Leonard Skonecki, local historian, will also be on hand to give a history lesson on Fostoria base ball in that era and other historical events.
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