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Join Atlas Obscura to go behind the scenes (and back in time) for an exclusive meetup with old school players and a game of 1864-rules “base ball” in historic Prospect Park.
Before there were Yankees, Mets or even Brooklyn Dodgers, baseball was played throughout New York City in open fields, sometimes before thousands of spectators. It was here that the modern game truly began.
The storied Atlantics Base Ball Club will be our guides through the spring day. The Atlantics team’s many claims to fame include: first recognized “Champions of base ball,” the first team to visit the White House and the first team to appear on a baseball card!
Exclusively for the Atlas Obscura audience, these authentically clad “ballists” will meet our group ahead of game to explain the rules, then give guests a chance to check out the specialty equipment and team artifacts. We’ll also learn about the rich baseball past of Prospect Park. Best treat of all—we’ll enjoy an actual game and watch this historic style of play come to life in all its 1860’s glory. This is one of their only few games in the five boroughs, so it is indeed a special event.