The Rochester Baseball Historical Society host the first of its three 19th-century baseball exhibition games at 1 p.m. May 14 at the Greece Historical Society, 595 Long Pond Road, Rochester.
The series of games will be played in the spirit and style of the Victorian era. The contests will feature barehanded players dressed in replica vintage baseball uniforms representing re-established Rochester teams from the period.
“Our community knows and loves our Rochester Red Wings,” said Joe Territo, president of the Society, “but 150 years ago, Rochesterians were cheering on multiple teams with names like the Live Oaks, the Flower Citys and the Rochesters.”
Attendees can bring their own lawn chairs, with parking provided at the Greece Historical Society or Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Blvd.
Baseball has been part of Rochester’s social fabric for almost 190 years. The game first sprung up in the Flower City in a pasture along the Genesee River just south of High Falls near the current day Andrews Street Bridge in 1825, 14 years before Abner Doubleday was said to have invented the game in Cooperstown.
For more information, visit rochesterbaseballhistory.org.