Muscle and Mind, Revisited

May 3, 2009

An Amherst player gets a hit in the vintage game as a teammate on first base looks on.

Neither unseasonably cool May temperatures nor light rain dampened the spirits of an enthusiastic group of baseball-loving (and -playing) members of Amherst’s classes of 1964 to 1994 who dusted off their cleats and took on a team of Williams College alumni on May 3.

Amherst-Williams 1859 Baseball Game Re-Enacted

The sesquicentennial of the first intercollegiate baseball game, between rivals Amherst and Williams in 1859, saw a historically accurate re-enactment played out in Pittsfield, Mass., last month. The quirky game and accompanying chess match were covered by the The Boston Globe and The Chronicle of Higher Education.