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Eric “Special K” Kaesermann of Arlington, Minnesota, crosses home plate for the Arlington Greys during a game of 1860 base ball June 22 at Lyndale Field in Richfield. The Richfield Historical Society presentation showcased the sport, known by a two-word name, as it was played in 1860, when a uniform code of rules was adopted nationwide. (Sun Current staff photo by Mike Hanks)

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Jim “Yukon” Kreft of Arlington, Minnesota, prepares to field a throw to first base, sans glove, during the June 22 game of 1860 base ball at Lyndale Field in Richfield. Fielders played barehanded in 1860, and the game’s rules varied from the modern version of baseball. Base runners, for example, could not overrun first base in their effort to leg out a single. (Sun Current staff photo by Mike Hanks)

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Quicksteps third baseman Paul Ostrow of Minneapolis catches a pop up barehanded during the June 22 game in Richfield. (Sun Current staff photo by Mike Hanks)

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Doug Ernst of Plymouth, manager of the Quicksteps Base Ball Club of Minnesota, served as the umpire for the June 22 base ball game in Richfield. As umpire, he also served as the game’s historian for the crowd gathered to watch the game. (Sun Current staff photo by Mike Hanks)

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