I went to check out the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League today and shot photos of a game between the Phoenix Senators and Glendale Gophers. The Gophers rallied in their last at-bat to beat the Senators 10-9, but the real stories were the attention to period detail and the fact that everyone just had fun, period.
The ATVBBL – like many similar leagues around the country – plays by rules from the 1860s. No gloves, a ball can be caught on one bounce and still be an out, and pitchers deliver the ball underhand. The game of the 1860s was far more gentlemanly and far less athletic, and both the Senators and Gophers played a polite yet high-spirited game and seemed just happy to be out playing ball on a lovely Saturday morning.
As you can see by the photos, the Senators have uniforms that look more like modern baseball togs, while the Gophers’ attire harkens back to baseball’s infancy (when the name of the game was two words, rather than one, and gentlemen wore clothing you might see them wear in their “regular” lives).
The whole thing was huge fun and a blast to shoot and I hope you enjoy this bit of nostalgia. Photos are after the jump.