Abilene, Kan. - Let's root, root, root for the home team at the 10th annual vintage base ball game on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 1 o'clock. Bring your family and friends for a free, fun outing on the campus of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, 200 SE 4th, Abilene.
The "Abilene Iron Cutters" face the "Wichita Bull Stockings" of the Cowtown Vintage Base Ball Club. Crowd participation in deciding calls and period dress is encouraged. Popcorn, peanuts and drinks will be available to purchase. Bring your own seating and sunscreen.
The players wear uniforms and use equipment similar to the 1860s era.The game is played using Victorian era rules, which are quite different from today. For example, no gloves are used, outfielders can catch the ball on one bounce for an out and base stealing and sliding are prohibited. Crowd participation is greatly encouraged and often influences the rulings on the field. And, yes, "base ball" was two words back then, too!
About the Eisenhower Presidential Library
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is one of 15 Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. They preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. Public programs and exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Library are made possible in part through the generous support of the Eisenhower Foundation. To learn more, visit eisenhowerlibrary.gov.