Doing something the old way can be a little weird, whether you're using a pay phone, or making butter with a plunge churn when the far more advanced barrel churn is like, totally available. Playing baseball the really old, really weird way: the Athletic Base Ball Club
ABBC is a semi-pro (i.e., not pro at all) vintage athletic club styled after the predecessors to the Philadelphia Athletics, which squares off against opponents both at Fairmount Park and up and down the East Coast using rules and equipment based on the 1860s game of "base ball", a more genteel, slower sport, at least until upstart Otis Nixon hit the bigs in 1883. Some differences between today's version and the 19th Century game they play:
- Uniforms were heavy wool, with floppy, short-brimmed caps, long sleeve shirts, a thick belt, and pantaloons that were tight at the ankle, as players found that long, loose leggings caused trips, slow running, and Manny to be Manny.
- Fielders played without gloves, or at least that's what Johnnie Cochran would lead you to believe.
- Hits cleanly fielded on a single bounce were considered outs; hits not cleanly fielded on a single bounce were considered "nuts".
- The field had no walls or structures of any kind, a setup that would make for the worst mall ever.
- Pitchers threw underhanded with both feet on the ground vs. the modern overhanded deliveries. Knuckleballers were still completely useless.
- Three balls were all that was needed for a walk/steady gig at the circus.
- Foul balls were not counted as strikes, and any fair ball that bounced foul would be considered fair. Foul balls hit into the parking lot were considered fantastical, as automobiles would not be invented for another 30 years.
- Bats were heavier, thicker, and less tapered than modern bats, providing a much different feel when making contact with the back of a trick-or-treater's head.
Billing itself as part theater, part sport, they've got some positions open for costumed "tally keepers" and umpires, and you can even join the team if you want after a tryout, although that might require employing the time-tested old way of having mom call the coach to sneak you onto the squad.