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Vintage ‘base ball’ team goes back to game’s roots

Published: Saturday, July 27, 2013 2:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:48 a.m. CDT
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(Steve Bittinger for Shaw Media)
Mike "The Cure" Ciurej of Lockport is safe at third base for the Lemont Quarrymen in an 1858 vintage base ball game against Rockford Forrest Cities on Saturday, July 20 at Covington Park in Lemont.
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(Steve Bittinger for Shaw Media)
Rich "Sauce Nose" Kurek of New Lenox makes contact for the Lemont Quarrymen in an 1858 vintage base ball game against Rockford Forrest Cities on Saturday, July 20 at Covington Park in Lemont.
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(Steve Bittinger for Shaw Media)
Rich "Sauce Nose" Kurek of New Lenox makes a barehanded catch for the Lemont Quarrymen in an 1858 vintage base ball game against Rockford Forrest Cities on Saturday, July 20 at Covington Park in Lemont. Baseball gloves were not used in the early years of base ball.
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(Steve Bittinger for Shaw Media)
Lemont Quarrymen player Rich "Master Strategist" Kurek of Orland Park is safe as his son (filling in as catcher for the Rockford team) Rich "Sauce Nose" Kurek of New Lenox reaches to make the tag. The Quarrymen played Rockford Forrest Cities in an 1858 vintage baseball game on Saturday, July 20 at Covington Park in Lemont.

LEMONT – The Lemont Quarrymen took on the Rockford Forrest Cities in a game of vintage “base ball” on the afternoon of July 20 in Covington Park, 127th Street and Covington Drive, Lemont.

Club sponsor the Lemont Historical Society coached the spectators, called “cranks” or “bugs,” in appropriate cheers for an 1850s-era base ball game.

Old-time base ball isn’t complete without player nicknames, such as “Butter Biscuits,” “Sir Loiner” and “Gigs Boone.”

The last Quarrymen home game of the season will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at Covington Park. Admission is free, and hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jack will be available.

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