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Vintage Baseball Alive in Lincoln

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Posted By: Peter Terpstra

LINCOLN - No glove, no problem.

Imagine the game of baseball before gloves were invented, before Babe Ruth was even born and before hard-hurling pitchers dictated the pace of the game.

Take all of that, roll it together and you've got baseball as it was in the 19th century.

Dave Leopardi is a new to Nebraska. He moved to Lincoln from Massachusetts in August-- and he's brought a new brand of baseball with him.

Leopardi is starting up a vintage baseball club in Lincoln called the Lincoln Olympics Vintage Baseball Club.

The Olympics play a style of ball with a set of rules from 1864.

The team does not wear gloves, the pitcher tosses an underhand pitch from 45 feet away, you can't run through first base and the uniforms are set to match the style of the time.

The team has to travel around the midwest to play other clubs because there are very few in Nebraska. Leopardi says, with enough people involved, they try to practice a few times a month.

If you have interest in playing vintage baseball for the Lincoln Olympic Baseball Club, email Dave Leopardi at

Here are some helpful links for more information on vintage baseball:

Lincoln Olympic Baseball Club Facebook Page:

Essex Base Ball Organization:

Vintage Base Ball Organization (VBBA):
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