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BELOIT, Wisconsin — Three northern Illinois vintage ball teams will participate in a special tournament that commemorates a similar event that took place in Beloit, Wisconsin, in September of 1867. The Chicago Salmon, Creston Regulators and the Oregon Ganymedes will play seven-inning or one-hour matches using baseball rules of 1858.
Before the games begin at 1 p.m., Chicago Salmon Team owner Ellie “Boss Lady” Carlson will present an explanation of the culture and rules of early base ball, spelled with two words in 1858. The Beloit Historical Society Museum will offer a vintage baseball display, and children will be permitted to bat and run the bases. The games will have a patriotic open and ceremonial first pitch.
The event celebrates the First Wisconsin Base Ball Tournament that took place in Beloit on Sept. 3, 1867. A large 6-foot historic poster advertising the first games is on display at the Beloit Historical Society Museum at 845 Hackett St. The games will be played nearby at Brother Dutton Catholic School Field. Research for the event has been provided by baseball historian John Thorn and Paul Kerr, the director of the Beloit Historical Society. For more about this event, the public can phone the Beloit Historical Society Museum at (608) 365-7835 or Gary Schiappacasse at (847) 691-3293.
Posted Sept. 3, 2014