DuPage County Plowboys bring 19th century 'Base Ball' to Cantigny Park
A man behind home plate wearing a top hat, underhanded "hurling" and on-the-spot fines for ungentlemanly behavior don't exactly equate to the rules of today's baseball games. Or even your grandfather's baseball games.
But all that and more occurs when the DuPage County Plowboys take the field in Wheaton's Cantigny Park. The team hosted the Northern Illinois Vintage Tournament in conjunction with McCormick Museum with eight other clubs July 13. Teams such as the Plowboys, Chicago Salmon, the Aurora Town Club and the Rockford Forest Cities all play under the 1858 rules for 'Base Ball.'
Plowboys manager Alan "Cracker Jack" Baldwin said that he got involved in the game in 2005. His son saw an ad in the paper and suggested they try it out.
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