Photos by Jess Vermeulen
The Murphysboro Clarkes are the only “vintage base ball” team south of I-64.
The Clarkes’ matches are played according to the rules of base ball (two words when referring to the vintage game) rules of 1859-60. The team’s cranks (fans) regularly gather at Longfellow Park, the club’s home field, to watch the team play. “Clarke players are good guys,” team General Manager Russ “Redleggs” Wright said. “They are gentlemen who take great pride in playing a friendly, family oriented sport as it was played in earlier days.”