Take me out to the ball game

Vintage baseball returned to Humboldt this past weekend with teams from Topeka and Wichita playing with 1860s-era rules.



September 19, 2022 - 2:48 PM

Ben “Big Train” Coates greets the audience as a member of the Topeka Westerns, which took on the Wichita Bull Stockings in a game of 1860s-era baseball. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Dozens of baseball fans were treated to a bit of baseball history Saturday as the Humboldt Historic Preservation Alliance hosted a vintage baseball game at Walter Johnson Field.

Humboldt resident Wayne Smith, left, is presented with a baseball by Tom Rutledge of HHPA after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Players wore period cotton uniforms, even with Saturday’s temperatures soaring well into the 90s. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
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