Base Ball Field
Old-time Base Ball Narrator:
"Well folks, I can't get over the difference between this base ball game and last week's when the Mackinaw Boys played the Mackinac Island Never Sweats. The hurlers could not place the ball fairly for the strikers. So it was a poor game with a low tally. But today is a different day!
With excellent hurling we've had many aces. The tally is 8 for the Boys and 7 for the Mariners. The Mariners have two ballists on base, two hands down, and the striker is Big Thunder. Ya remember last season, at the old ball field down closer to the road, Big Thunder hit the ball clear over the school.
And the hurler lobs one in. Big Thunder chooses to let it pass. The behind flips it back to the hurler. And now the hurler lobs in another.
It is a line drive to the outfield The ball careens of the rock-hard ground ... Can the scout catch it?
The cranks go wild!! Despite the awkward angle of the bounce, the scout gets it on the first bounce and the striker is out.
And so goes a game of vintage baseball, with its own language and rules. This is the Mackinaw Boys' home field. The Mackinaw Boys is the actual name of the Village team circa 1890. "The Boys" as they were called back then, played several matches each summer and are forming a league. There are always games played on the first Saturday of August at our Historic Festival. If you would like to witness base ball when it was played as a gentlemen's game, join us. Click on the EVENTS section and then HISTORIC FESTIVAL for more details.
End of Season - October 2012