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Vintage Baseball Game

By Pete [Pistol Pete] Dickason

Take Me Back to the Ballgame!

Who knew...Hingham lays claim to a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mike "King" Kelley, who played for the Boston Beaneaters in the 1880's, is immortalized in Cooperstown, and his spirit lives on today with Hingham's Vintage Baseball Teams. No agents, no trainers and no wages with these teams...just a slice of old time Americana at its finest. Playing in their vintage wool uniforms, with hand-turned bats, and using the original (and somewhat questionable) rules of the game, the Hingham Derbies and the Hingham Coopers battle it out on hot summer nights from May through October.

You'll recognize the Derbies, in their elegantly tailored pinstripes, as gentlemen of means. They play fair (most of the time), never steal, and in general are agreeable company at dinner, able to converse on a wide variety of subjects. The scrappy Coopers, on the other hand, are somewhat rougher around the edges, and lack the grace of the Derbies. (You really don't want to run into them before Sunday, when they have their weekly bath!) However, those "stinkin" Coopers are the most reliable of men when you're in a fix.

Always a rolicking good time, the crowd (or "cranks" as they call them) is rallied to make the calls on questionable plays. With vintage music playing in the background and kids selling popcorn and candy, it's a fun way to relive some colorful Hingham history.

Pack your picnic and head to one of these Hingham Vintage Baseball Games:

Sunday, May 16 @ 2:00 p.m.
The Derbies play the cross town Coopers at East School in Hingham on the grass

Sunday, May 23rd
The Coopers travel to the South Coast to take on the New Bedford Ironsides

Sunday, July 4th
Come see the Derbies and Coopers march in the Hingham 4th of July parade!
4:30 p.m. - Derbies vs. Coopers at Derby Academy in Hingham

Saturday, September 11th - The Fall Classic
The Derbies host the Coopers for the final game of the year on the grass at Derby Academy in Hingham

Visit hinghamvintagebaseball.org for information on the teams and game time.

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