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On Saturday, July 3, 2004 ESPN Classic, along with former
major league pitcher and
Ball Four author Jim Bouton,
brought sports fans a one-of-a-kind look into the history of
one of the nation's most treasured and historic institutions:
baseball. America's Pastime: Vintage Baseball, Live (7-11
p.m. ET, ESPN Classic) transported fans from around the
country to historic
Wahconah Park (established in 1892) in
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, for a live telecast of a vintage
baseball game between the Hartford Senators and the
Pittsfield Hillies.

The game featured amateur clubs competing under 1886
rules and adhering to the uniform styles, equipment and
conduct of 19th century baseball. Veteran announcer Ron
Thulin provided play-by-play and was joined by former Red
Sox pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee, actor Tim Robbins, and
baseball historians John Thorn and David Pietrusza, who  
provided color commentary. Randy and Jason Sklar, the
twin-brother hosts of ESPN Classic's
Cheap Seats provided
additional reporting. A fireworks show followed the game.

Over 4,500 fans attended. The Hartford Senators won 14-12.

Cast:

Jim Bouton . . . Himself
Bill Lee . . . Himself
Chris "Grit" Moran . . . . Moran
David Pietrusza . . . Himself
Deb McManany . . . Herself
"Pops" O'Maxfield . . . Himself
Dave Potts . . . Himself
Tim Robbins . . . Himself
Jim Ruberto . . . Himself
The Quintesential Singers . . . Themselves
Jason Sklar . . . Himself
Randy Sklar . . . Himself
Ron Thulin . . . Himself
John Thorn . . . Himself
Frank Tomczuk . . . Himself
Phil Wood . . . Himself

Running Time: 4 hours. 6 minutes

A production of ESPN Classic 2004
America's Pastime:
Vintage Baseball, Live
Broadcast by ESPN Classic
Saturday, July 3, 2004
Bill Lee, David Pietrusza, and Ron
Thulin  on ESPN Classic's July 2004
Coverage of Vintage Baseball from
Pittsfield, Ma.