Saturday, September 14 at 12 noon found two baseball teams at Cameron Field, ready to play a Base Ball game following the 1864 Rules of Base Ball. The Umpire, who is part of the crew from Flemington, was dressed in a suit appropriate to that era including the high hat as back then, umpires were local officials, often the town’s mayor. This was the cover of the scorecard which was inside in the style of that era:
The rules of the game were explained by the Umpire, followed by Kate Schmidt introducing the two teams to the spectators and then the singing of the Star Spangled Banner led by Vivienne Frederick, as 15 year old sophomore at Columbia High School, who also led all in the singing of Take Me Out to The Ballgame between the second and third innings. The game was played as if it were 1864, so the pitcher threw underhand, everyone was barehanded and there was only a single umpire on the field with no first and third base coaches. Here are the rosters of both teams, and the basics of scoring then:
The Flemington Neshanock team won with a score of 17 to 8, however all appeared to be enjoying the afternoon.