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Vintage Baseball

The Colorado Vintage Baseball Association opening home baseball game.

Andy Cross | The Denver Post



Gary "Mad Dog" Wickett, plays an umpire during the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association opening home baseball game between the Denver Blue Stockings and the Mastodon Mine Minstrels in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon. The umpire stands nearby the "striker" or the batter, next to the "behind player," or the catcher calls out warnings for the "hurler" or the pitcher if he throws a ball.



Judy Winnick, from a group called the Legendary Ladies, wears an 1870's era vintage costume to while taking pictures and watching the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association opening home baseball game between the Denver Blue Stockings and the Mastodon Mine Minstrels in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon.



Dathan "Cannibal" Tinney, Mastodon Mine Minstrels, balances a baseball bat on his nose during the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association opening home baseball game between the Denver Blue Stockings and the Mastodon Mine Minstrels in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon.



Field of weeds is the playing field field for Bob "Buckeye" Mitchell, at the ready in right field, playing for the Denver Blue Stockings, during the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association opening home baseball game against the Mastodon Mine Minstrels in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon.



"Fast" Eddie Phelan, playing for the Denver Blue Stockings, belts out a base hit against the Mastodon Mine Minstrels, at the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association opening home baseball game in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon. The league formed in 1993, was formed as a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of the history of 19th century baseball in Colorado. The group brings in their own wooden backstop which also serves as a manually feed scoreboard.



Mark "Fearless" Foster, playing for the Denver Blue Stockings, keeps his eyes on the ball during the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association opening home baseball game against the Mastodon Mine Minstrels in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon. Ages of the "ballists" or players, vary from early twenties to late 70's.



Replicas of vintage baseball bats used by the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association during the home opener baseball game between the Denver Blue Stockings and the Mastodon Mine Minstrels in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon.



Griffin Hill, 6-years-old, takes care of the vintage wooden scoreboard during the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association home opener game between the Denver Blue Stockings and the Mastodon Mine Minstrels in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon.



Roger "Digger" Hadix, playing for the Denver Blue Stockings, right, runs the bases against the Mastodon Mine Minstrels during the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association home opener in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon.



Herb "Comrad" Meeker, 78-years-old, playing for the Mastodon Mine Minstrels, goes after a high pitch, during the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association home opener against Denver Blue Stockings at a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon.



Roger "Digger" Hadix, playing for the Denver Blue Stockings, left, jokingly tries to bribe umpire, Gary "red dog" Wickett, during the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association home opener against the Mastodon Mine Minstrels in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon.



Denver Blue Stockings "hurler" Tom "Irish" Valaika, 71-years-old, pitches to a Mastodon Mine Mintrel during the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association home opener in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon.



"Fast" Eddie Phelan, right, Denver Blue Stockings, tags out Mastodon Mine Minstrel, Tim "Tiny" Heine, for the last out of the game during the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association home opener in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon.



The Denver Blue Stockings vintage baseball team sings a team song before the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association home opener against the Mastodon Mine Mintrels in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon. Both teams sing team songs before the game.



Mark "fearless" Foster, playing for the Denver Blue Stockings, gets a base hit during the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association home opener against the Mastodon Mine Minstrels in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon.



Vintage baseballs, slightly larger than modern day baseballs, and much softer are used along with vintage bats for the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association home opener in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon.



The Denver Blue Stockings take off their hats during a team chant in recognition of the team they just defeated, the Mastodon Mine Mintrels, moments after the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association home opener in a vacant field at the intersection of 144th Ave and Zuni St. in Broomfield Saturday afternoon.
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