While the Twins are busy disappointing baseball fans all across Minnesota, Corky Gaskell and the Roosters Base Ball Club of Rochester are keeping the spirit of the game alive.
Instead of multi-million dollar contracts and massive stadiums selling $10 beers, the Roosters celebrate a much simpler time -- when all you needed was a grassy field, a bat, a ball, and a handful of men and women interested in baseball in its purest form. The Roosters are part of the Vintage Base Ball Association (VBBA), an organization dedicated to preserving, perpetuating, and promoting the game of base ball as it was played during its formative years in the 19th century and other historic eras.
The Roosters have played every summer for nearly 20 years using uniforms, rules, and equipment that are right out of the 1860s (including the words “base ball” as opposed to “baseball,” as is customary by 1860s' rules). Gaskell, a self-described baseball nut, is the captain of the Roosters and has been a part of the team for the past six years.