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Base Ball Then & Baseball Now


Celebrate Father's Day on Sunday, June 17, with a favorite father/child tradition — take Dad out to a ballgame. Can you imagine catching a fastball with your bare hands? That's how they played the game of base ball in the 1800's (they also spelled it differently). On Sunday, go back in time to watch Genesee Country Village & Museum's vintage base ball game. A doubleheader game begins at noon with Victory v. Rochester and another game at 2 p.m. with Live Oak v. Flower City at the Silver Base Ball Park at GCVM (1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford). Note that this is just one chance to experience the 19th century game this season. Games are played with period costumes, rules, and etiquette. There's no protective gear, the balls are brown, the snacks are throwbacks, and boys man the scoreboard. Unattended ladies are even asked to sit in special seating to avoid scandal. Admission to the museum costs $9.50-$15.50 (free for children under 3); for more information visit or call 538-6822.

If Dad still can't get enough baseball, head back into modern times and go to Frontier Field (1 Morrie Silver Way) this weekend for one of the Rochester Red Wings' home games. Monday, June 18, through Wednesday, June 20, the Wings will be playing the Durham Bulls starting at 7:05 p.m. For ticket pricing or more information visit or call 423-9464.