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

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.