Town to honor Kansas baseball star Joe Tinker

Baseball fans will travel to the 1870s for a vintage game in Muscotah on July 27 to celebrate Joe Tinker Day.

Joe Tinker, born in Muscotah on July 27, 1880, helped the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 1907 and 1908. He is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Old Cowtown Base Ball Club and the Hodgeman Nine will play at 4 p.m. under the city’s water tower. The teams will use 1870s equipment, rules and uniforms. Traditional baseball snacks – peanuts, Cracker Jack, hot dogs and apple pie – will be sold at the game.

Muscotah is home to the world’s largest baseball; the community recently constructed it from an old water tower tank. Donations from the game will be used to build a museum honoring rural baseball and the community.

Tinker’s grandson Jay and Jay’s sons Chris and Jon will host a question and answer at 1 p.m. in the Muscotah city building.

The events are free and open to the public. Muscotah is in western Atchison County, about 200 miles northeast of Wichita.

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