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Annual vintage 'base ball' game at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Sept. 3

Aug. 22, 2018
       The Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will host its annual Labor Day game of vintage "base ball" (old-fashioned spelling) Monday, Sept. 3.
       The first pitch is scheduled at 1 p.m. on the hayfield in front of the Rock Ledge House (which also provides right field seating), with the ranch actually
2017 Rock Ledge Ranch vintage baseball game attendees sit along the edge of the outfield. The right and center fielders for the Canon City team can be seen in the background, standing a short distance in front of the "cranks" (1800s term for fans).
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open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       The ranch is located off Gateway Road west of 30th Street.
       Lasting nine innings, the game will be played by 1800s baseball rules, including no baseball gloves, outs on hit balls caught on one hop and the capability for the “cranks” (fans) to catch balls and throw them to fielders for outs.
       The local team is called the Cloud Busters; their opponent will be a team from Canon City, according to ranch manager Andy Morris.
       Side features, based on games in the past, could include people reenacting past American presidents, suffragettes and a 19th century-style prison escapee; other game interludes have previously been provided by the ranch cow and sheep.
       Admission (which includes access to the 230-acre property as a whole) will be $8 for adults, $4 for ages 6 to 17 and no charge for ages 5 and under.
       The public is welcome to bring picnic lunches and sling chairs. Vendors will also be on hand.

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