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The Farm at Prophetstown hosts old fashioned 'base ball' game

The Farm at Prophetstown State Park hosted a Sunday afternoon baseball game with a twist. The Bo'Janglers matched up with the Belle River Base Ball Club for an 1800's style baseball game.

Posted: Apr 29, 2018 9:14 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2018 12:57 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Farm at Prophetstown State Park hosted a Sunday afternoon baseball game with a twist.
The Bo'Janglers matched up with the Belle River Base Ball Club for an 1800's style "base ball" game.

"Well we've had a lot of broken fingers of the years," said Mike Seipel. 

Seipel has been the team captain of the Belle River Base Ball Club for nearly a decade. 

"Yeah this is a little bit different for us," said Seipel. "We marked out the field earlier we had to restrict it a little bit."

Sunday's old fashioned base ball game was played in an open field at Prophetstown State Park.

Everything about the games are authentic. The bats and balls model what a patron (crank) would have seen at the time, and the players use no gloves in the field. 

"They are very tough to catch, and field the first three or four innings till they soften up," said Seipel of the baseballs. 

Seiple, a life long baseball player and fan, said being on the Belle River team scratches his "base ball" itch. 


"So this is my way of getting back into it. I'm what they call the captain of this team," said Seipel. 

While the veteran looks to keep his head in the games, members of the opposing team, including West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, wondered what their performances would look like. 

"I probably haven't thrown a ball in at least a decade," said Dennis. "So, that's going to be one of my favorite things to see how guys readjust to being athletic again."

The Bo'Janglers lost to the Belle River Base Ball Club 11 to 7 in Sunday's game. 

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