In honor of the (really) old ball game, here's a look at some milestones in local baseball history.
Their uniform? Slacks, caps and neckties. Their choicest cheer? Huzzah! The Ohio Village Muffins play baseball in the style of the 1860s and will join about 30 antique squads for The Ohio Cup, a vintage fest rounding the bases Sept. 1-2 at the Ohio History Center. In honor of the (really) old ball game, here's a look at some milestones in local baseball history.
The city sees its first game when squads from the Buckeye Baseball Club scrimmage on the grounds of the county insane asylum.
Deaf pitcher Ed "Dummy" Dundon of the Columbus Buckeyes can't hear calls, so hand signals for ball and strike are invented. They become a permanent part of the game.
At German Village baseball haven Recreation Park II, entrepreneur Harry Stevens opens the first stadium concession stand. He sells peanuts and tripe.
The city's baseball capital moves to Neil Park, which soon holds the nation's first concrete-and-steel stadium.
Built with the finest materials, Red Bird Stadium rises majestically off West Mound Street. Opening day is such a monumental event that two women give birth there.
Two weeks after opening day, 21,000 fans see the first night game. Red Bird is later renamed Jet Stadium, Franklin County Stadium and Cooper Stadium.
Minor-league ball returns after years away when the Clippers take the field. Franklin County Commissioner Harold Cooper is credited with bringing in the new team.
Huntington Park opens, moving baseball to the Arena District. It wins numerous nods for ballpark of the year.