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May 15, 2014

Vintage 'base ball' coming to Brewery Ommegang

Baseball, the way it used to be played, will be on full display at Brewery Ommegang this weekend.

Tomorrow and Saturday the brewery will host a vintage base ball — the game was spelled as two words until the turn of the 20th century — tournament, where four teams will compete. The public will be able to watch the games, which are free.

“It’s always been a nice community event for us,” said Sean Hamilton, an events coordinator for Brewery Ommegang. “Our interest is not really in making money on this event in any way.”

Hamilton said that vintage base ball has been played on the grounds of the brewery for several years now, and that the games have proven to be popular with the public.

“It’s something that people don’t see all the time,” said Hamilton. “It’s very educational.”

For the event, Brewery Ommegang will have an outdoor bar adjacent to the field of play. Additionally Evan Brown, Brewery Ommegang’s new executive chef, will be cooking hot dogs and bratwursts on the grill.

“We want him to become a recognized face around here,” said Hamilton.

The Atlantic Base Ball Club played at Brewery Ommegang for the first time last year, and the club is organizing this year’s tournament.

“It’s more of a festival,” said Kevin “Flash” Harrison, first baseman and media coordinator for the Atlantic Base Ball Club, noting that no overall winner will be crowned at the end of the tournament.

“It was a lot of fun, the people were really into it,” said Dean “Dream Bucket” Emma, the Atlantic’s shortstop, on playing in last year’s tournament, which featured three teams.

Each of the four teams participating this year will have the opportunity to play against one another. Games will be played two at a time, starting Friday with a pair of games starting at 11 a.m. and another pair at about 1 p.m.  On Saturday, two games will start at 9 a.m. followed by another two games at about 11 a.m. Harrison said that base ball games generally last about an hour and a half.

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