‘Blue Caps’ educate on vintage American pastime in Menomonie

Menomonie (WQOW) – The Dunn County Historical Society capped off Sunday with a toss back to an American pastime.

The Menomonie Blue Caps, an 1860 vintage baseball team, was up to bat on Saturday and Sunday, with matchups against other local throwback teams. The group opened up their season this weekend, sharing a bit of baseball history and following quite the old rule book.

"There’s about 39, 40 rules," said Dustyn Dubuque, captain of the Menomonie Blue Caps. "You can see the basics of baseball, but there’s a couple things that are different. The easiest one is that we don’t wear gloves. Gloves weren’t invented until about the late 1870s, early 1880s. The other big one is if you catch a ball off one bounce, it’s an out. That’s usually the two rules everybody gets."

Another obvious throwback are the outfits.

The Menomonie Blue Caps are based off of a real amateur club from 1882 to 1941. The original team played their last game in 1941, after losing players to World War II.

The ‘Blue Caps’ will be playing one more home game this summer at Phelan Park in Menomonie on July 28. It’s only 25 cents to watch them play.

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