Vintage baseball season opens


George "Wild Horse" Ferchland, right, of the Atlantic Base Ball Club, catches the ball and tags the base as Rocky Belbol, left, of the Flemington Neshanock races to it. The Atlantics opened their schedule against two teams from New Jersey at the Smithtown Historical Society field in Smithtown, Saturday, April 5, 2014. The three games were played under 19th century rules. (Credit: Steve Pfost)

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The Brooklyn Atlantics, Flemington Neshanock and Elizabeth Resolutes competed in Smithtown during opening day in a vintage baseball league. About 30 spectators watched the teams play three games based on rules and customs of a time when Abraham Lincoln led the land.

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