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Volunteer Alan Prather of Houston pitches to members of Cub Scout Troop 223 during a Town Ball exhibition.
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Interpretive Ranger Michael Mumaugh (in costume) with the members of the Stanley High School baseball team.
Looking for a great outdoor event that is both fun and educational? On Saturday, Aug. 30, come learn about one of the many games Civil War soldiers played to break up the boredom of Army life. This activity was called Town Ball, or you might know it by today’s name, Baseball.
A park ranger will begin with a brief talk on the evolution of the 19th-century game known as Town Ball. After this, what better way to learn about the soon-to-be “National Pastime” than to play the game? Town Ball rules will be explained to all participants and equipment will be provided to play a 2-3 inning game. So bring your family and friends out to Mansfield State Historic Site to enjoy a game of Town Ball! And just a hint, there are no strike outs!
Demonstration will be at 11a.m. Admission is $4 per person; children 12 and under and seniors 62 and over are admitted free. This will be an outdoor program and demonstration, so participants should dress accordingly. In the case of inclement weather, the demonstration will be cancelled and the talk portion of the program moved inside the museum.