It’s time when the Swamp Frogs and the Pondfeilders, Resolutes and Grangers and other vintage nines gather at Genesee Country Museum for three days of ginger matches.
It’s the 11th Annual National Silver Ball Tournament Friday-Sunday, Aug. 9-11, played by 1866 rules—no gloves or protective equipment allowed.
Bowlers entice strikers with dew drops. Cranks shout their approval and by day three a champion is crowned.
A dozen clubs representing the museum’s vintage baseball league, plus squads from Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Canada will compete in a round-robin tournament that starts . on Friday, Aug. 9 Play continues starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and again on Sunday.
The Championship Game is played at 2 p.m. at Silver Base Ball Park, the nation’s first— and finest —recreated 19th-century base ball park.
Tickets to the games are included in the museum admission price.
The museum’s two ladies’ teams—the Brooks Grove Belles and Miss Porter’s Ladies Base Ball Club—will also be playing during the weekend.
GCVM is open 10 am-4 pm Tues.-Sun.
Closed Mondays except for May 27, Sept. 2 & Oct. 14