Photos by Eric Stauffer, Dark Horse Art Works
“Striker to the line,” announced Honest Al Stare, the official game arbiter at the Vintage Base Ball Festival Oct. 18 at Rock Spring Park in Alton. His booming voice declared the rules and announced each player, including their vintage nicknames, to the crowd. The sandlot atmosphere, including two dirt mounds in center field, and vintage rules brought a sense of nostalgia to the park. Greg Gelzinnis, chairman of Rock Spring 2020, says the event had four goals: to encourage people to go to the park, to create a vintage base ball team for Alton, to prepare to host a regional vintage base ball playoff series and to raise funds for Rock Spring 2020. For information, contact Gelzinnis at (618) 550-9291 or find Rock Spring 2020 on Facebook.