December 9, 2021

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Ohio Cup provides vintage ‘base ball’ to Ohio Village

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A bygone period is returning to the Money City this weekend. Just after a year derailed by COVID-19 limitations, 25 groups are returning to Columbus for the Ohio Cup Classic Foundation Ball Competition.

“It’s obtainable to a lot of people today,” said Aaron Seddon, the manager for the Ohio Village Muffins. “Not everybody will come to baseball when they are 8 several years aged and performs it for the relaxation of their life. Some folks in their 20s, 30s, 40s figure out they want to get involved in the match in some way and this is an opportunity for them to do that.”

Seddon, a volunteer with the Ohio History Connection’s 1890s replica town, described the activity showcases an early version of America’s favored pastime. The Muffins engage in in the Ohio Village by policies developed in the 1860s, with classic uniforms and gear.

“Being in a position to, we simply call it, interpret, or demonstrate, the evolution of the sport to spectators is a little something we actually take pleasure in,” he reported.

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the Muffins’ to start with period, generating them arguably the oldest vintage base ball group in the region. They’re web hosting two dozen other teams Saturday, September 4 – Sunday, September 5 for the Ohio Cup.

“I can’t assume of a better example of what the vintage baseball community is and what we represent than this weekend,” reported Rudy Frias, the captain for the Columbus Capitals.

Groups traveled from Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Tennessee, Minnesota and Missouri for a single of the major gatherings of classic baseball in the country. Many share a appreciate of background and the video game.

“The very best detail is the crack of the wooden bat when you strike a ball. There’s no better feeling,” stated Steve Sebert of the Rochester (Michigan) Grangers.

Frias included, “The match, the rating, almost everything usually takes a backseat to just connecting with persons.”

There are no trophies or formal winners in the festival. The quickly-paced game titles past much less than an hour with spectators viewing from lawn chairs and blankets. The Ohio Cup is advertised as household-welcoming, with foods vehicles, functions, as very well as crafts and games for young children.

It’s taking place Sept. 4-5 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every single day.

You can view the only women’s team, the Ohio Village Diamonds, at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Obtain far more details about the Ohio Cup and the Ohio Village by going to the Ohio Record Connection’s net web page.