hb1Over the recent Fourth of July weekend, I was thrilled to attend the 8th Annual Independence Weekend Baseball Classic cosponsored by the Hingham Historical Society and Hingham Vintage Base Ball in Hingham, MA.

As a lover of baseball and all things vintage, this old time baseball game was a great treat. The players play in vintage uniforms and using the rules from the early days of the game in the Civil War era.

About the Independence Weekend Baseball Classic in Hingham, MA: “Step back into the 1860s and see the boys of summer play nine frames of Base, that new game of ball that is taking America by storm. The Hingham Derbys and their cross town arch-rivals, the Mighty Hingham Coopers compete for the coveted Hingham Bucket trophy. Base Ball enthusiasts are invited to sit on the lush grass hills at Talbot Field for a birds-eye view of this spectacular, fast paced, ‘small ball’ game that is played without mitts and without tears. These lads play for the love of the game in its simplest forms. There are no agents, no trainers and no wages. In 1860s fashion, they compete by the old and honorable rules which allow the hidden ball trick, the spitter, the foul ball double play and a demonstrable ignorance of balk rules. This family event is a collaborative effort of the Hingham Historical Society, the Vintage Base Ball players and their families. Donations are encouraged at the gate with all proceeds benefiting the Hingham Historical Society. Fans are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, sun glasses and a love of the game as it was meant to be played. Vintage Base Ball has become a popular part of Hingham’s Independence Day festivities. Games are played according to authentic 1880s rules (no gloves!), in period uniforms.”

Learn more about the Independence Weekend Baseball Classic in Hingham, MA here.

See my gallery of photos from this great afternoon out here – click on the thumbnail to see the full photo: