FLINT (WJRT) -
(05/08/14) - It's a baseball blast from the past. The Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club of Flint is ready for opening day.
"Oh, man. We're really excited. We've been training for two to three months now and we're ready to go," said John "Dirt" St. John, of the Lumber City Base Ball Club.
The guys face Wyndotte, Saturday afternoon, behind the White Building on UM-Flint's campus. It's the second season for Lumber City. The team is a joint project between UM-Flint's History Department and the Whaley Historical House.
"This is the way baseball was created. When baseball first became a game, it was a barehanded game. It's a little softer than a modern baseball, but it's still hard. Broken fingers? All the time," St. John said.
"If you have not caught a ball in 40 degree weather without a glove on, you should try it. It makes a man of you," said Scott "Bam Bam" Bednarski, of the Lumber City Base Ball Club.
For this season, organizers are going the extra mile to present an authentic 19th Century feel.
"We're improving what the the field looks like. We'll have a split rail fence that'll make it look like you're kind of stepping back into another period in time," said Thomas "Snapper" Henthorn, of the Lumber City Base Ball Club.
Lumber City will play a 23 game schedule, with 12 at home, and while the team strives to put on an historical show - they're definitely playing to win.
"It's an extremely competitive sport. Most of these guys have a lot of baseball and softball experience coming into this league," St. John said.
Along with all that competition and experience comes some rather cool nicknames.
"Bam Bam, Grumpy, Thumbs, the Prospect, Snapper," St. John said.
For more information on the Lumber City Base Ball Club, including a game schedule, click HERE.