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Jack of All Trades: Rochester Roosters

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) – Step back into a time of sporting Americana.

An era where the country’s past-time was two words: Base Ball. Where terms like batters, rookies and grounders were originally called strikers, muffins and daisy-cutters.

In the 1860’s, the entwinement of American history and Base Ball was already well underway.

Now fast-forward more than 150 years and you can still catch a dose of how the game used to be played.

From the lingo and uniforms to the comradery and  originality, the Rochester Rooster “club nine” parlays a historical education with always entertaining match-play.

The Roosters welcome anyone and everyone to joining their team! According to the History Center of Olmsted County, if you’re interested just call 507-282-9447 for more information.

Courtesy of the Rochester Roosters, terminology used on the field is as follows:

“Base ball” = Two words in 1860
Daisy cutter = Hard Ground Ball
Hand = Player
Hand Lost = Out
Match = Game
Muff = Error
Artist = Proficient Player
Club Nine = Team
Corker = Hard Line Drive
Muffin = Inexperienced Player
Sky ball = High Fly Ball
Striker = Batter
Three Hands Lost = Three outs.
Throng = Large Group of Spectators
Umpire = Umpire
Pitcher = Pitcher
Catcher = Catcher

For a full list of the Rooster’s schedule click here.

Roosters Base Ball was originally founded by Mary Jane Schmitt as a way to draw more crowds to the History Center of Olmsted County. Click here to find their official page on the history center, including the 1860’s Rulebook they play by.

The Roosters Vintage Baseball Team also has a facebook page. For additional information directly from the team click here.

Jack Keenan

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