Oldtime Baseball Coming to Hannibal
You'll experience a serious blast from the past in the latest Bicentennial event coming to Hannibal this weekend. It's baseball that's so old-school, the players won't be wearing ball gloves.
Three teams will compete in a round-robin style old-time baseball tournament on Saturday, August 17. They'll follow the 19th century rules of play, which means no baseball gloves. One obscure rule is that balls caught after one bounce means the batter is out.
The players will compete wearing period-style uniforms. Games will be played at 11 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. between the Hannibal Nationals, the St Louis Unions and the Mexico Ghosts.
The teams competing Saturday will be honoring the legacy of Hannibal’s own Jake Beckley. Beckley, nicknamed "Eagle Eye," played for several major league teams between 1888 and 1907. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. Jake Beckley collector’s card has been printed as a Bicentennial keepsake along with cards of nine other famous Hannibalians. These cards are distributed by the Tom & Becky ambassadors.