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Vintage games coming to Nokomis

Three area squads that play America's pastime under rules of the 19th century are scheduled to appear in Nokomis on Saturday, September 9.

The Vandalia Old Capitals, St. Louis Browns and Alton Giants are slated to be in Nokomis, beginning at 11 a.m. on Sept. 9 to play exhibition games of base ball. Yes, the sport as it was known in the 1800s was two words - base and ball.

A great opportunity awaits those who want to see something different. The teams are expected to play on the Memorial Park grounds, specifically in the open field between the South Diamond and the boys' high school baseball diamond.

According to Vandalia coach Steve Hawkins, current baseball fans will see some similarities but also a number of differences in the rules these teams use, compared to today's rules. Just a few of the differences include that a ball caught on one bounce is an out; the initial spot where the batted ball lands determine if it is fair or foul (not where it passes first/third base); a player can be tagged out if he/she overruns first base on a batted ball; and a player rings a bell at home plate after scoring a run. Hawkins said there will be information distributed on site that details the 1860s-era rules the teams use.

The three teams will play a round robin, comprised of three 7-inning games. First one is set to start at 11 a.m. with subsequent games slated for 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Come on out and see something unique in Nokomis on September 9! And later that night, the museum's Induction Ceremony and dinner will take place at 6 p.m. at the Nokomis Memorial Park House.