Out to the (Extremely) Old Ball Game

Alex di Suvero for The New York Times

Alex di Suvero for The New York Times

“Unmanly! Their offense: catching, barehanded, a fly ball after it had bounced, rather than directly out of the air.”

There is no overall governing body in vintage baseball, according to Bradley Shaw, the founder and president of the 12-year-old Flemington Neshanock. “There’s an encompassing organization called the Vintage Base Ball Association, but it’s basically for informational purposes — it sends out rules and lets you know how you can start a team if you’re interested.” But “they’re not telling anybody what to do,” Mr. Shaw said.

Sounds like they have the governance thing just about right.

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