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Civil War-era baseball in Grayslake

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Grayslake Heritage Center will stage a Civil War-era baseball game at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at the softball field near Grayslake Aquatic Center at Central Park. This type of baseball, or "base ball" as it was then called, hearkens back to the earliest years of the sport, with wildly different rules and when players did not use gloves. Grayslake Heritage Center Executive Director Dave Oberg will umpire and serve as master of ceremonies. Fans are encouraged to dress in 19th-century costumes for the museum's inaugural period fashion show. Visitors will be welcome at the museum on Saturday, Aug. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. and make a pennant to bring to the game. Those who wish to play in the game are invited to attend quick practice sessions at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 or 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the softball field near the aquatic center. For information, contact Dave Oberg at or (847) 543-1745.

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