Exhibit Brings Waco Baseball History Back to Life

WACO (April 21, 2013) -- When the Historic Waco Foundation decided to look at the history of baseball in Waco, it went back way back.

Baseball was much different in 1860. The rules, the equipment and the lingo..

Just a chance to re-live history for the people who play.

"I'm a historian, so I do a lot of baseball research and to me, this was a blast," Warren "Spider" Simpson said.

"I like the historical aspect of this and I like to keep it going," Jay "Beans" Avers said.

And to make sure games like this aren't lost in the past, the Historic Waco Foundation put together a special exhibit on the history of baseball in Waco.

"We've had a lot of big names come through Waco, a lot of major baseball events happen in Waco," Historic Waco Foundation curator Holly Browning said.

Whether it's the time Babe Ruth, Lou Gherig, and Mickey Mantle came to Waco, the man responsible for creating the modern day pitcher's mound or the pioneer and father of black baseball, Waco is rich in baseball tradition.

"A lot of those interesting facts about players and what they accomplished really seems to surprise people," Browning said. "A lot of this has never been seen before."

But the foundation is hoping through its exhibit and games like this, the rich history of baseball in Waco will never (slight pause) be forgotten.

The exhibit is on display at the Fort House in downtown Waco and is open through mid July. Hours are 11 am-3 pm Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 2-5 pm.

The Fort House is located at 503 S. 4th St. in Waco.

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