The 2011 Annual Summer Classic!

Hingham, MAThe Hingham Historical Society and the Hingham Vintage Base Ball Club present the Annual Summer Classic!

Step back in time and watch two Base Ball Clubs, the Hingham Derbies and their cross town arch-rivals the Coopers, play nine frames of America’s gentlemanly pastime in period uniforms under 1880′s rules.

Sit on the lush grass hill at Derby Academy’s Talbot Ball Field at 3:00 PM on Sunday July 3rd, and enjoy traditional Base Ball Park fare with an informative emcee, young “newsies” selling popcorn and players possessed by the ghosts of Base Ball’s early years.

At the July 3rd game, honorable tradition survives. These boys of summer play for the love of the game, the history that surrounds it and the civilized competition it engenders on the green grass of the field. There are no agents, no wages and barely any gloves! The hidden ball trick, the suicide squeeze and the foul ball double play are a spectacle to watch on a warm summer day under a blue sky.

This family event is a collaborative effort of the Hingham Historical Society, the players and their families and is free to the public. Donations are encouraged at the gate with all proceeds going to the Hingham Historical Society. Refreshment and nourishment will be available for purchase. Fans are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, bug spray, sun glasses and a love of the game as it was meant to be played.

This is Vintage Base Ball at Derby Academy and a must on your Independence Weekend schedule.


Hingham Historical Society 781-749-7721