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Welcome to Curiosity in the Corn (being an examination of the unexplored oddities, neglected anomalies, and little-known history of our region), a podcast series hosted by Connie Kuntz and Clint Cargile.

Curiosity In The Corn Episode 1: Vintage Base Ball In Somonauk

This is not your father’s baseball; it’s your great-great grandfather’s base ball. For our first episode of Curiosity in the Corn, we venture into the fields of southern DeKalb County to the town of Somonauk, where base ball enthusiasts play the game as it was played in 1858. No gloves, no fast pitch, no swearing (but the occasional drink is allowed). Join hosts Clint Cargile and Connie Kuntz as they explore Vintage Base Ball. Learn the rules, meet the players, find out why they love this game so much.

If you have questions about the history, people, places, objects, or events unique to your area, and you’d like us to investigate, visit WNIJ.org and fill out our handy submission form, or email us at corn@niu.edu.

Show Notes

Vintage Base Ball Association

Somonauk Blue Stockings (Facebook)

Somonauk Blue Stockings (website)

Creston Regulators

Somonauk Community Park

Theme Song

Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders

Clint Cargile is the host of This Week in Illinois History and the creator and host of the podcast Drinkin’ with Lincoln.
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