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Fenway
07-22-2004, 09:58 AM
PITTSFIELD -- Oh, how those 18th-century killjoys must have carried on out here in the Berkshires. Imagine getting in such a tizzy 200-plus years ago over the game that ultimately turned into a Massachusetts obsession, America's pastime. But they did, and this city in the state's northwest corner has the documentation to prove it. In 1791, Pittsfield passed a bylaw specifically prohibiting playing baseball from within 80 yards of the Congregational Church, the newly built, proud structure in town center that also doubled as the public meetinghouse.

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/minors/articles/2004/07/22/root_root_root/

Maximo
07-22-2004, 10:06 AM
PITTSFIELD -- Oh, how those 18th-century killjoys must have carried on out here in the Berkshires. Imagine getting in such a tizzy 200-plus years ago over the game that ultimately turned into a Massachusetts obsession, America's pastime. But they did, and this city in the state's northwest corner has the documentation to prove it. In 1791, Pittsfield passed a bylaw specifically prohibiting playing baseball from within 80 yards of the Congregational Church, the newly built, proud structure in town center that also doubled as the public meetinghouse.

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/minors/articles/2004/07/22/root_root_root/
IIRC......the "Beach Boys" threw out the first pitch in the 1791 home opener.

Railsplitter
07-22-2004, 10:16 AM
In 1791, Pittsfield passed a bylaw specifically prohibiting playing baseball from within 80 yards of the Congregational Church, the newly built, proud structure in town center that also doubled as the public meetinghouse.

Even then they were worried about broken windows. :D:

Realist
07-22-2004, 10:33 AM
Deep River Grinders Vintage Base Ball (http://www.geocities.com/deeprivergrinders/)

The Deep River Grinders play Base Ball according to the rules of the 1858. At mid nineteenth century, base ball was an amateur game played by distinguished gentlemen. The Grinders, umpire, and tally keeper can all be found in period attire. The game the Grinders play is similar to the game played today, with some notable differences. See Rules and Terminology (http://www.geocities.com/deeprivergrinders/rules.htm). The Deep River Grinders are sponsored by the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department, and play their home games on Grinder Field, located at Deep River County Park in Hobart, IN. To keep informed of the Grinders, other parks and other programs offered by the Lake County Parks Department, please pick up a Pathfinder either at the game or in the Visitor's Center.

mdep524
07-22-2004, 11:14 AM
Deep River Grinders Vintage Base Ball (http://www.geocities.com/deeprivergrinders/)

The Deep River Grinders play Base Ball according to the rules of the 1858. At mid nineteenth century, base ball was an amateur game played by distinguished gentlemen. The Grinders, umpire, and tally keeper can all be found in period attire. The game the Grinders play is similar to the game played today, with some notable differences. See Rules and Terminology (http://www.geocities.com/deeprivergrinders/rules.htm). The Deep River Grinders are sponsored by the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department, and play their home games on Grinder Field, located at Deep River County Park in Hobart, IN. To keep informed of the Grinders, other parks and other programs offered by the Lake County Parks Department, please pick up a Pathfinder either at the game or in the Visitor's Center.
:KW
Hmm, Grinders you say?... I've been looking for those guys...