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No mitt? No problem. Teams bring 1800s-style to Michigan baseball fields.

The Walker Tavern Wheels pose in their uniforms in front of a scoreboard
Courtesy of Michigan History Center
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Known as the "gentleman's game," early baseball didn't allow cursing, spitting, or gloves.

This weekend, baseball fans will roll the clock way back, more than 150 years.

There's a four-game tournament of early baseball happening at Cambridge Junction Historic State Park in Brooklyn, Michigan.

That's where the Walker Tavern Wheels will be hosting an invitational with the Saginaw Old Golds, the Detroit Early Risers, and the Canton Cornshuckers.

Laurie Perkins, the site historian for Cambridge Junction Historic State Park, joined Stateside to tell us more about what to expect at the game.

Listen above to hear what makes this early version different from a modern ball game, why it's known as a "gentlemanly" game, and why it still draws a crowd.

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