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The two vintage teams pose for a picture.
The two vintage teams pose for a picture.

Old-time baseball in historic Kingston

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War of Independence and war of 1812 aside, there's always been more to bring residents on either side of the St. Lawrence River together than to keep them apart. Canadians and Americans have used the waterways for trade, prohibition-era rum-running, and family visits for more than 300 years. In mid to late 1800s, even before the first hockey games, bands of men were boating across the water, and the border, to play baseball in Sackets Harbor and Ogdensburg and Watertown and Kingston, Ontario. Today, baseball enthusiasts relive the old-time games with old-fashioned rules, snappy nicknames, and dapper uniforms. David Sommerstein went to a game in Kingston a couple weeks ago for our story.

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