SILVER CITY >> Vintage Base Ball was a hit at this year's Fort Bayard Days, with nearly a dozen players and their families traveling from as far away as Phoenix to particpate in the old-fashioned game.
Members of the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League battled the Fort Bayard Burros, managed by the Rev. Earseye Ross, in two games Saturday afternoon on the Parade Ground at Fort Bayard.
In keeping with the days-of-old rules, Ballists, as they were called, played with bare hands, and tallied the "ace" (a run) by ringing a bell and saying "I swear I tallied the Ace without cheating," explained Lance Busch, president of the Arizona league. outs were made by catching the ball on one bounce, to make up for the lack of gloves, Busch said.
The 4th U.S. Cavalary Regimental Military Band also came from Arizona to play an afternoon concert and at the evening's Military Ball, said Cecilia Bell, of the Fort Bayard Preservation Society. Thirty members of the band spent the weekend in Silver City, Bell said.
And they weren't the only Arizonans out at Fort Bayard on Saturday. Twenty people from Tombstone came out in period dress to join in the fun, Bell said, thrilled that so many Arizonans came out to support Fort Bayard Days.
Christine Steele can be reached at 575-538-5893 ext. 5802.