12 photos of Philly’s old timey Base Ball tournament

The Navy Yard played host to a 19th-century base ball tournament this weekend. Here are scenes from the old-fashioned fun.

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Wood bats. Woolen pants. Ninety percent humidity. Old timey baseball took over the Navy Yard this past weekend, as nearly 16 clubs from around the country convened in Philadelphia for a weekend exhibition stick-and-ball tournament, hosted by the Philadelphia Athletics Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia.

The “monetarily self-sustaining” event was played under the rules and customs of 19th-century Base Ball (two words) and was sponsored by the likes of Shibe Vintage Sports, Mike’s BBQ and Franklin Fountain.

Photographer Dennis Tuttle was at the event — he’s now a huge fan of the Franklin Fountain ice cream, and the local nine’s pitcher (and Franklin Fountain owner) Ryan Berley — and shared some shots with Billy Penn. Here’s a look at the old-time fun.

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The tournament featured teams like the New York Mutuals, the Diamond State Vintage Base Ball Club, Colorado Territorial All-Stars, Hoboken Nine and, pictured above, a member of the Keystone Base Ball Club of Harrisburg.

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I’ve watched a lot of baseball. I did not know ‘Base Ball’ used underhand pitchers.

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More sports should employ rolled up sleeves.

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It’s hard to know what’s going on there, but it looks rather painful.

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Old-timey, indeed.

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Please tell me after some hard swinging base ball, the teams took a break to cool off with sarsaparilla.

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Are they waving to the crowd or merely stretching their waving arms?

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I’m not sure what to say about this photo, other than no member of the Phillies has looked this cool in the on-deck circle in at least 10 years.

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Even the fans got into the garb of the era. Or this could be the commissioner. It’s hard to know.

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Last, the fun wasn’t just at the plate. Here a base baller shows off his bat skills. Look, ma! No hands. But a bib! And wool pants!

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For more information on the Philadelphia Athletics, head on over to their Facebook page. Or keep with the old-timey tradition, grab a quill and parchment and pen them a telegram. (Is that how technology used to work?)

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