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Steve Scharff, 36, of the Lewes Base Ball Club, takes part in the National 19th Century Base Ball Festival on Saturday in Gettysburg, Pa. The game is played by 1863 rules: players wear vintage uniforms and catch the ball with their bare hands. The tournament was supposed to continue Sunday but was rained out. <br>Matt McClain/The Washington Post

No gloves, no water bottles: Baseball as it was in the 19th century

Every third week of July, fans and players descend on Gettysburg, Pa., to get a glimpse of life in a slower time before all of the ego and money became part of modern baseball.



Special Olympics celebrates 50 years of inclusiveness

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy, forged the groundwork for the first Special Olympics at Chicago's Soldier Field in 1968 with Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke. Special Olympics has since branched out to 172 countries and 4.9 million athletes.


NFL and its players union working on anthem resolution

The Dolphins said in a statement: "The NFL required each team to submit their rules regarding the anthem before their players reported to training camp. We will address this issue once the season starts. All options are still open."


Ted Williams' Mexican-American heritage explored in PBS film

A new PBS "American Masters" documentary explores the life of Ted Williams and his volatile relationships with his family and the press. The upcoming film uses rare footage and family interviews to paint a picture of an entangled figure who hid his past while enjoying the admiration of adoring fans.



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Legend of enigmatic baseball star, Marine Ted Williams is recounted in PBS show

To this day, 16 years after his death, Ted Williams remains something of an enigma, a man whose other-worldly talent was quickly evident but who was a complex riddle in so many other facets, as an exceptional chapter “Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived” in PBS TV’s “American Masters” series seeks to illuminate.