Play Ball!

(Photo Courtesy of the Washington County Historical Society)

(Photo Courtesy of the Washington County Historical Society)

The Washington County Historical Society’s St. Croix Base Ball Club, which plays by 1860 rules, begins its 16th season against the Afton Red Socks at 2 p.m. Sunday in Pettit Park at Lake St. Croix Beach. The St. Croix’s have played all over Washington County, Minnesota and even as far as Ohio, Colorado and Washington, D.C. This year, the club plays in Stillwater, Scandia, Rochester, Becker, Northfield and at the Washington County Fair. The St. Croix’s also play at the Barron County, Wis., Historical Society in Cameron, Wis., and at Osceola, Wis. The 1860 rules have very interesting differences from today’s baseball game. The players do not wear gloves. If the ball is caught on the first bounce the batter is out. The umpire does not call balls or strikes, but a batter can strike out if he swings and misses three times. Foul balls are not considered strikes, and base runners can be tagged out if they run past first base. Visit www.wchsmn.org or call 651-439-5956 for more information about the St. Croix’s or other WCHS programs. (Photo courtesy of Washington County Historical Society)

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