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Vintage baseball gaining popularity across the country

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)- The history and tradition in the game of baseball is something that many people respect, but there are some that respect it to the point of playing the game just as it used to be played.

Rochester is playing host to the National Vintage Base Ball Association Conference, welcoming in teams from seven different states. Saturday afternoon, they took to the bubble at RCTC to enjoy this classic American pastime.

The Roosters of Rochester honor the first team to come to the city, back in 1867, and play their games based on rules from 1860.

This method of honoring the past is gaining in popularity all over the country.

"Rochester went to Menomonie, Wisconsin to open up their baseball exhibit and we put on an exhibition game for them," says Corky Gaskell, the captain of the Rochester Roosters Baseball Club. "They had so much fun that this year, now, they started their own team. That's how these things happen. You promote the game, show them how its done and why we're doing it and people get excited about it and start up teams."

Players treat the convention like a major league player would treat spring training, it is all a warm-up before the real competition begins. But even then, everyone is out there to have a good time.

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