Vintage baseball coming to Butler’s Applefest


By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER - lswartzwalder@aimmediamidwest.com



This photo shows The Mohican Rivermen, the team which will be playing the Butler Bulldogs during the Butler Apple Fest. Submitted photo


BUTLER — A new vintage base ball team, the Butler Bulldogs, is being formed to play The Mohican Rivermen Oct. 15.

The game will be played at Hess Field, adjacent to the Butler Elementary School, at 2 p.m.

This will happen as part of the Butler Apple Fest, which is Oct. 12 through 14.

Michael Drockton manages the Bulldogs.

Brockton said he was approached by Butler Mayor Ken Kinley and his wife, to see if he could put together a team. He said he put word out in August and has a team of 17 players.

The game against The Mohican Rivermen will be a nine-inning contest. Spectators are urged to come and witness how base ball got it start in America. A historical interpreter will be on hand to explain rules and traditions of vintage base ball.

Games will be played using 1864 rules of base ball. (Rules governing the games of this period require the game to be spelled as two words: base ball.)

Practices for the game are held weekly.

A number of vintage baseball teams have been formed, and games have been played in Loudonville.

This photo shows The Mohican Rivermen, the team which will be playing the Butler Bulldogs during the Butler Apple Fest. Submitted photo
http://www.thebellvillestar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2017/10/web1_rivermen.jpgThis photo shows The Mohican Rivermen, the team which will be playing the Butler Bulldogs during the Butler Apple Fest. Submitted photo

By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER

lswartzwalder@aimmediamidwest.com