VINTAGE BASE BALL
DEEP RIVER GRINDERS VINTAGE BALLISTS SINCE 1991
DR Grinder team photo 2008. Taken by Tony Hailey
he Deep River Grinders, Indiana’s premier vintage base ball team, welcome you to a new and very different game of base ball (historic spelling, two words) for the 2009 season. Playing by the rules of 1858, this game is played on fields and in pastures, not on groomed base ball diamonds. Here are some of those rules of 1858: no stealing, bunting or leading off no mitts or protective equipment (that came later in the evolution of base ball) no called balls and no called strikes unless the striker (batter) does not strike at good balls the hurler (pitcher) must throw underhand and to where the striker want the ball, as it was desired to hit the ball and run – not to miss the ball T
a fly ball is an out if caught in the air or on one bound, fair or foul runners may not advance on any foul ball, but on a bound fair catch, they may advance at their own risk no runner may advance on a ball caught on the fly and may return safely to his base outfielders must play in the middle of their fields and basemen must play on their base the rover (shortstop) may play anywhere on the field, hence the name, rover. Often there are trees, buildings, fences or roads on the field of play The Umpire, who customarily strides the sidelines, calls foul balls, and calls men out or safe on the bases, but does not call balls and strikes, unless as noted above. He may also levy fines from players if those players do not conduct themselves as gentlemen, especially in front of the ladies. Cranks (fans) line the sidelines and shout encouragement to the players of both teams. Team players are often good friends and praise their oppo- nents for good plays as well. This was a game played by gentlemen and is good family entertainment.
The Deep River Grinders are charter members of the Vintage Base Ball Association whose mission and purpose is to preserve, perpetuate and pro- mote the game of base ball as it way played during its formative years in the mid-nineteenth century. The Grinders are composed of volunteers who meet once a week to prepare for their weekend games. If you would like to play for the Grinders, call 219-947-1958 and say “I want to be a Grinder.” Leave your name and number and you will be contacted.
Bring your family to the games along with a blanket or chairs for seat- ing. There is no admission to home games and you may purchase sarsa- parilla, hot dogs and more to enjoy during the game. For more information, call the Park at 219-947-1958 or email them at DRGrinders@aol.com. Visit their website at www.geocities.com/deeprivergrinders
TIME 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. EDT TBA 1 p.m. EDT (3 games)
FIELD OF PLAY Deep River County Park Deep River County Park Deep River County Park Deep River County Park Oxbow Park, Dunlap IN TBA Monk’s Field, Good Shepherd Church, Huntington IN, Heritage Days Festival Beech Park, Munster IN Deep River County Park Dellwood Park, Lockport Carillon Historical Park, Dayton OH Deep River County Park Tabernacle Field, Winona Lake IN
2 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. EDT (2 games) 2 p.m. TBA (2 games)
1 p.m. 12 p.m. 1 p.m. EDT (2 games) 1 p.m. EDT (2 games) 2 p.m. TBA (3 games each day)
Historic Meth. Campgrnds., Des Plaines IL Deep River County Park Eastman Field, Mary’s City of David, Benton Harbor MI Centennial Park, Mulberry IN Deep River County Park Ohio Village, Ohio Historical Society, Columbus OH
9 a.m. (3 games)
Beautiful Trobough Field, Rock Springs Center, Decatur IL
11 a.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m.
Chellburg Farm, Porter IN, Duneland Harvest Festival Deep River County Park Deep River County Park
DATE Sunday, May 3 Sunday, May 17 Sunday, May 31 Sunday, June 7 Saturday, June 13 Saturday, June 20 Saturday, June 27
Sunday, June 28 Sunday, July 12 Saturday, July 18 Saturday, July 25 Sunday, July 26 Saturday, August 1
Saturday, August 8 Sunday, August 9 Sunday, August 16 Saturday, Aug. 22 Sunday, August 30 Saturday, Sept. 5 - Sunday, Sept. 6 Sunday, Sept. 13
Sunday, Sept. 20
Sunday, Sept. 27 Sunday, October 4
2009 DEEP RIVER GRINDERS SCHEDULE
OPPONENTS Bonneyville Millers, Bristol IN House of David Echoes, Benton Harbor MI Sleepers, Lockport IL Salmon, Chicago IL Bonneyville Millers, Bristol IN Vermilion Voles, Danville IL Champion Hill Toppers, Huntington IN Rising Sun Belle River, Rising Sun IN Salmon, Chicago IL Centennials, Munster IN Iron Diamonds, Portage IN Sleepers, Lockport IL Clodbusters, Dayton OH Centennials, Munster IN Blue Laws, Winona Lake IN Fleetfoots, Warsaw IN Salmon, Chicago IL Ohio Village Muffins, Columbus OH House of David Echoes, Benton Harbor MI Manglers, Mulberry IN Vermilion Voles, Danville IL Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival, 20+ teams hosted by Ohio Village Muffins Douglas Cup: Rock Springs Ground Squirrels, Decatur IL Unions, St. Louis MO, Perfectos, St. Louis MO Iron Diamonds, Portage IN Champion Hill Toppers, Huntington IN Manglers, Mulberry IN Rock Springs Ground Squirrels, Decatur IL