Gordy Tindall is all suited up for a vintage baseball game, which is set to be held in September in Lanesboro. He is coaching a local team to meet the Quickstep Baseball Club of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Gordy Tindall is all suited up for a vintage baseball game, which is set to be held in September in Lanesboro. He is coaching a local team to meet the Quickstep Baseball Club of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Baseball - the way it was played in the mid-1800's - comes to Lanesboro on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, this free event features the Quickstep Baseball Club of Minneapolis-St. Paul versus the Excelsiors, Lanesboro's own vintage team, coached by Gordon Tindall. The game will be played at the Lanesboro softball field.

The game will feature historic rules and uniforms. No gloves were worn back then and the only umpire was behind home plate. The catcher received the pitch on a bounce and filed disputes were resolved in a "gentlemanly manner." This game will observe those rules and many others, very much unlike what is normally seen in today's play.

In a more up-to-date feature, the umpire will describe the rules and the manner of play to the fans in the stands.

The Lanesboro Excelsiors are comprised of local residents who are playing for the love of the game and its history. Tindall coaches the team. He loves baseball and as a boy, was fortunate to have seen the Brooklyn Dodgers play at Ebbets Field in New York City.

This event is free and is being held as part of Lanesboro's contribution to the "Taste of the Trail," an offering of events in each of the towns along the Root River State Trail in September. Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs as the bleacher seating is limited. Snacks and soft drinks will be available.

For more information, one may contact Dave Harrenstein, events coordinator, through the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, by calling (507) 467-3321 or emailing events@lanesboro.com.