Vintage Base Ball Day

Come watch base ball (originally two words) 19th-century style with the Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder, Addison Mountain Stars, and the Keystone Base Ball Club, who will use 1860s rules. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy America’s favorite pastime!

2022 20 Aug
  • Admission:
    Included with regular admission
  • Location:
    Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
  • 1212 Smallman St.
  • 15222, Pennsylvania 15312
  • Time:
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Phone:
    724-587-3412
It’s time to PLAY BALL, 19th-century style!


Meadowcroft will host its annual Vintage “Base Ball” Day on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Come watch base ball (originally two words) 19th-century style with the Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder, Addison Mountain Stars, and the Keystone Base Ball Club, who will use 1860s rules. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy America’s favorite pastime!


The teams will play two games at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. using the rule book adopted on March 14, 1860, by the National Association of Base-Ball Players that included many distinct differences from the pastime we know and love today:


• Gloves were not commonly used.
• Players were referred to as “ballists.”
• A batter was called a “striker.”
• A fly ball caught after one bounce resulted in the batter, or striker, being called out.


Throughout the day, step even further back in time and enjoy family-friendly activities offered at Meadowcroft.


Explore an Indian wigwam in a recreated 16th-century Monongahela Indian Village, watch a blacksmith forge red-hot iron in the 19th-century Meadowcroft Village, and tour the Rockshelter, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest site of human habitation in North America.


The event is included with standard Meadowcroft admission: $15 for adults, $7 for children between the ages of 6-17, $14 for senior citizens, and $7 for students.


For more information, please contact Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village at 724-587-3412.