Taking in Sunday's ballgame at Rhylander Park in Plattsmouth meant taking a trip back in time. "Everyone ready to see baseball as it was meant to be played?"
The Cass County Railroad Ruffians went head to head with the Wahoo Plowboys in a game of America’s pastime with an emphasis on past. "We have a Victorian-type town and do Victorian Christmas, so we thought it would be cool to do a Victorian baseball game,” said Theresa Johnson of the Plattsmouth Main Street Association.
Donning vintage uniforms and adopting an 1860s-style rulebook, it was "play ball" with a bigger ball and no gloves. "They have to ring the bell if they make a run, if they don't then the run doesn't count."
If you're a lady striker (batter), you use a bat shaped like a rolling pin and wear a dress. The hurler (pitcher), throws underhand. And a fence? Forget about it. Kansas Walker came to play for one simple reason. "I love to play ball no matter what it is."
And when he scored, the fans weren't shy about cheering for their team. "Go Ruffians!"
The old blind Tom (umpire) reminded everyone what the day was all about. "Friendly Sunday afternoon match, much by custom, just like in the 1860s."
Across the day, the Main Street Association also hosted games for kids to play. They also served all the players dinner afterward, including old fashioned ice cream.
All of the profits from the day's food sales will go toward the upcoming Main Street Association events.