Baseball game with 1860s rules a huge hit, raises money for cancer survivors


JULIA: OUT IN CHITTENANGO– A THROWBACK BASEBALL GAME! WITH OLD SCHOOL BATS, BALLS AND RULES– LOOKING TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE LOCAL MUSEUM ALONG WITH CANCER SURVIVORS AND PATIENTS. NEWSCHANNEL NINE’S JOSH MARTIN TAKES US ONTO THE FIELD. JOSH: “Representing Chittenango” THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER’S KIND OF BASEBALL– OR YOUR GRANDFATHER’S. “This is our annual vintage baseball game. We play with 1860s rules.” YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT– 1860. BACK IN CANAL TIMES IN CHITTENANGO– BASEBALL LOOKED A LOT LIKE THIS. BALL BEING HIT THE CHITTENANGO LANDING CANAL BOAT MUSEUM PUTS THIS GAME ON EVERY YEAR. To benefit the museum and the Patrick Wiese Foundation which is a local cancer society. CHITTENANGO TEAM WAS MADE UP OF VOLUNTEERS– This other team is from Bouckville.” THE BOYS IN BLUE DIDN’T SEEM TO REALIZE WHAT THEY WERE GETTING INTO. “oh wow. Real bats? YES THE BATS ARE REAL– AND THE RULES ARE ABSURD. THERE’S NO GLOVES SO CATCHING A BALL BECOMES EVEN MORE DIFFICULT. “that’s what we are trying to figure out. Best way to catch the ball.” PITCHERS THROW UNDERHAND– BUT HAVE A LITTLE MORE LEEWAY THAN THE MODERN MOUND- TAKERS DO. “You get three strikes but you get 8 balls so.” THE THE LACES ON THE BALL ARE ONLY THEIR TO HOLD IT TOGETHER. “PLAY BALL!” ONCE THE GAME GOT GOING– IT LOOKED A LITTLE MORE LIKE BASEBALL BALL HIT CHEERING MY WIFE IS GOING TO BUY A TICKET. GET YOUR WALLET OUT RAFFLE TICKETS WERE SOLD TO RAISE MONEY. HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS WERE RAISED BECAUSE OF THIS GAME. GENEROSITY AND BASEBALL. BALL BEING HIT SOMETHING EVERY GENERATION CAN RELATE TO. IN CHITTENANGO JOSH MARTIN NEWSCHANNEL NINE. JULIA: AND HAPPENING JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM THAT BASEBALL GAME– IS AN ANTIQUE TRACTOR GET- TOGETHER–OVER BY THE CHITTENANGO LANDING CANAL BOAT MUSEUM. THE CENTRAL NEW YORK ANTIQUE TRACTOR CLUB PUTTING SOME OF THEIR TRACTORS AND FARM EQUIPMENT ON DISPLAY. THE MUSEUM ITSELF IS LISTED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. EVENTS LIKE THIS ONE HELP PRESERVE THE HISTORY OF THE MUSEUM AND GET THE WORD OUT ON WHAT IT HAS TO OFFER. “It is always good for people to support the museum and we need the help to keep the dry docks which are the only ones in the county right here in Chittenango, New York. We try to maintain the museum and put out education.” JULIA: THE VISITOR’S CENTER AND THE HISTORIC SITE AT THE MUSEUM ARE OPEN DAILY FROM 10 AM – 4 PM. latin music playing

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