Old School: Base Ball Takes a Look Back

By: KIM RICHARDSON , Sports editor  

If the original rules of base ball still applied,
baseball as we know it would not exist.
For one thing, the very name of the game was
spelled with two words: base ball. For another,
very few modern players, managers or fans would
make it out of Little League.
The homage to sports history is in evidence at
Montgomery College, where a recent tournament
was organized. The Montgomery County Saw
Dogs team, made up of professors, students and
other players, battled other vintage teams using
old-style rules.
Modern-day players and fans need not apply.
The first declaration that base ball is a gentleman's
game would cull the field by more than half. The
behavior, courtesy and respect for others part
would all but empty the dugouts. The swearing,
spitting, scratching, drinking and chewing rule
would get the rest. No commenting on the umpire's
judgment would clear out the bleachers and
probably the press box.
Other rules were interesting as well. A hit ball
caught on one bounce put the striker (batter) out.
Fielders couldn't wear gloves or other protective
gear and the ball was thrown underhand.
One part that most modern day baseball fans could
agree on is that the umpire then was known as
Blind Tom, although that term may seem a bit mild.
In what was more of an exhibition than an actual
go for broke baseball tournament, the Buffalo Gap
Chips beat the Montgomery County Saw Dogs
16-8 in the President's Cup Vintage Base Ball
Festival Saturday at Montgomery College.
The Saw Dogs beat the Richmond Giants 13-3 in
the tourney opener. Buffalo Gap got the best of
Conroe Wood 8-2 in the second game.
Conroe beat Richmond 8-3 for third place.
Wendel “Blind Tom” Dickason, of Cedar
Hill, Texas came to Montgomery County to
umpire the vintage base ball games and
probably wished the cool front had gotten to
this part of the state a day or two earlier.
Photo by Kim Richardson