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Many living history sites have baseball leagues and reenact America’s favorite pastime.

Always a crowd favorite, baseball games can attract the attention of new visitors and encourage repeat visitation.

This leaflet provides a brief history of baseball and other ball and stick games played prior to its formalization in the mid-nineteenth century.

Examples of organizations with vintage baseball teams and ones that interpret the game, such as Old Sturbridge Village and the Farmers’ Museum, show how the activity can engage visitors in new and exciting ways.

Dean R. Thilgen provides an overview of how to plan and implement a historic baseball program and the questions to ask when considering the scale of the event or program. Also included are resources for researching baseball.

Technical Leaflet #231 (2005)

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 18, Programs for Your Public.