In vintage base ball, 1860s variety, winning is secondary. Having fun is most important. The Rock Springs Ground Squirrels Vintage Base Ball Club is an educational program of the Macon County Conservation District founded in 1993. In case you’re wondering, it was called “base ball” – two words – in the 1860s.
Vintage base ball has attracted both men and women for its slower pace, unique rules, showmanship, civility and good sportsmanship – so lacking in today’s sports venues. It’s all about friendship and having fun and showing people how baseball was played away back when. Museums, historic sites and park districts sponsor most of the clubs in the United States. For many years, the Ground Squirrels were the only vintage base ball club in the state of Illinois. Recently, three other vintage clubs have been established in the state.