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Vintage baseball is back

Daily Staff Report
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EAGLE – Huzzah!Vintage will never go out of style – which is exactly why Vintage Baseball is sure to bring entertainment once again to Eagle’s Flight Days.On Saturday, the Eagle County Historical Society and the Eagle Flight Days Committee will host a “Vintage” baseball game, at 1 p.m., at the Bull Pasture Park, which is one block south of Town Park.

Bill Heicher is recruiting a local team to play against the boys of the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association.The teams will be wearing uniforms that date back to 1862, and the rules will follow the standards of that year as well. Hurlers – now called pitchers – throw the ball underhand, and the striker (batter) must put the ball into play. Fielders can catch the ball on one bounce, but it’s not as easy as it sounds — the fielder don’t wear mitts.Bleachers also do not exist, and spectators must sit on bales of hay. But back in the good ol’ days, spectators were also involved in the game. If a ball flies into the crowd, a fan – who was called a “crank”- may catch the ball and throw it back to help out their team. The umpire also uses the “cranks” to help determine close calls, giving a new meaning to the term home-field advantage.

The Flight Days kids’ talent show will be held from noon to 2 p.m., June 25 at the Eagle Town Park. This is an opportunity for kids who can sing, dance, play an instrument, tell jokes, or show off any other performance talent.The competition is divided into four age divisions: kindergarten and under; first through fourth grade; fifth through 8th grade; and 9th through 12th grade.

A $100 prize will be awarded for first place in each division; $50 for second, and $25 for third. Competitors in the kindergarten and under division will receive Beanie Babies.Entries will be accepted until Saturday. Entries are limited, so early registration is encouraged. To register, call Kris McKinney at 328-4498. Leave a message with your name, phone number, and mailing address.Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

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