The National Road Bicentennial Celebration at Morristown
on July 29, 2006 featured activities for the whole family. One
of those activities, a vintage base ball match, was a genuine
hit with players and spectators alike. The game was a matchup
between the Ohio Village Muffins from the Ohio Historical
Society and the Morristown Nationals, a team of local players.
The 9-inning game was played by the rules of 1860, including
period clothing. The Muffins won the matchup 26-7. The vintage
game was played on the baseball diamond at Union Local High
School. Real Life Church sold hot dogs, Cracker Jacks and other
refreshments at the game.
The National Road Bicentennial Celebration was
hosted by the Morristown Historic Preservation Association.
VINTAGE BASE BALL MATCH A HIT WITH PLAYERS AND
Friendly Rivals - Morristown Nationals and Ohio Village Muffins
WTOV-9 Meteorologist Jeff Oechslein and Morristown weather
watcher Lois McDowell
have a friendly chat before Jeff takes the field for the
Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas shows fine form as he
sends the ball into left field.
Morristown Mayor Robert Thomas (left) and umpire Richard "Always
from Columbus look on as players warm-up before the base ball
in the background are Nationals' team members Darin Simms (left)
and Chad Burghy.
Belmont County Probate Judge Mark Costine rings the
bell after he scores a run for the Nationals.
An attentive group of Morristown players listens as the umpire
eexplains how to play by the gentleman's rules of 1860.
Mayor Robert Thomas connects with the ball as he hits one into
Team manager Tom McCort and captain Mark Thomas
review the Nationals' batting order.