Baseball game with 1860s rules a huge hit, raises money for cancer survivors

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CHITTENANGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Vintage baseball and antique tractors made a great pair in Chittenango.

Saturday, the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum put on an old time baseball game at Recognition Park, complete with original rules and old time equipment. In 1860, baseballs were softer, the bats were skinnier than they are today, no gloves were allowed and if the ball was caught on one hop, the batter was called out. Pitchers threw underhand like modern day slow pitch softball. Donations were taken to help raise money for two important causes.

“It will benefit the museum and the Patrick Wiese Foundation which is a local cancer society,” said Derrick Pratt, Program Director.

Just down the road from that baseball game was is an antique tractor get-together over by the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum.

The Central New York Antique Tractor Club put some of its tractors and farm equipment on display.

To learn more about the museum, click here.

To learn more about the Patrick Wiese Foundation, click here.

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