By Doug Halberstadt
Are you a frustrated actor? Would you like to play some baseball this summer? How about combining the two.
The Eagle Diamonds are looking for a few good men to join their team. They need volunteer players who are not afraid to work with the public, especially families with children, and who are not shy.
The Diamonds are a vintage ball team that plays the game using rules from the 1870’s. Their home field is located at Old World Wisconsin. The historic site is located about an hour north of Rockford between Beloit and Milwaukee.
Old World Wisconsin is on Highway 67 just south of Eagle, Wisconsin in the Milwaukee/Chicago/Madison triangle. The 600-acre history attraction features interactive environments and immersive stories of 19th- and early 20th-century Midwestern immigrant farm and rural life. During the operating season May through October the museum offers hands-on activities, led by period-clad staff members, as they visit 10 working farmsteads, explore 12 heirloom gardens, meet heritage animal breeds and try historic crafts and skills.
There is a new emphasis on vintage baseball at Old World Wisconsin for 2015. The ball diamond will be relocated to the site’s village area, closer to the main entrance, bringing it more center stage. Four home games and two away games are scheduled for 2015. Those chosen will be taught historic rules, historic methods of batting, pitching and catching.
This Saturday there will be an informational meeting from 1-3 p.m. for anyone interested in playing vintage baseball for the Diamonds this summer. The meeting will be held at the Old World Wisconsin administration building. The building is located on the west side of the site 4/10ths of a mile north of the intersection of Highway 67 and County Road S.
For more information about the Diamonds or Old World Wisconsin visit their website at oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org or by calling 262-594-6301.