Lewes Base Ball Club hosts festival

No gloves, no problem: Playing the nation’s pastime using 1864 rules
September 29, 2021

The Lewes Base Ball Club wrapped up its season by hosting the first Base Ball at the Beach Festival Sept. 25 at the Villages of Five Points field. Teams from from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and northern Delaware participated in the tournament.

The Lewes team won both of its games, topping Brandywine Base Ball Club of West Chester, Pa., 6-2, and Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club from New Jersey, 19-3. Lewes finished the season with a 7-7 record.

In other scores, Diamond State defeated Brandywine, 6-5; and Rising Sun topped Diamond State, 6-2, and Monmouth, 20-3.

The festival featured games played by 1864 rules, which includes balls being caught on one bounce for an out, no fielding gloves in use, outs referred to as “hands,” and other 19th century rules of America’s pastime.

The Lewes Base Ball Club is supported by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Dover Downs Casino. The club gives special thanks to the State of Delaware and Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, for their support of the festival.


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