National High School Baseball Tournament Kicks Off with 19th Century Rules Exhibition Game

Japanese Meiji Baseball
An umpire wearing a hakama runs alongside a player during a 19th century rules baseball game. Photo courtesy of Toyanaka City.

National High School Baseball Tournament Kicks Off with 19th Century Rules Exhibition Game
Yomiuri Shimbun: 正岡子規の時代そのまま…「の・ボール野球」
August 7, 2011

The summer National High School Baseball Tournament opened on the 6th in its birthplace, Toyanaka, Osaka, with an exhibition game played by the rules in force when Meiji Era poet Masaoka Shiki wrote about “no-bōru” (“field ball”, now written using the same Chinese characters (野球) but pronounced yakyū) in his hometown in Matsuyama, Ehime.

Matsuyama is trying to revive the style of baseball christened by Mr. Shiki, who was inspired to name the game no-bōru because his childhood nickname was Noboru, and it offered to play this game in honor of the 75th anniversary of Toyonaka’s establishment as a city. The players, who were citizens of the two cities, wore tabi on their feet, and the umpires wore period haori hakama. The rules differed from the size of the strike zone to the conditions for a base hit, and Matsuyama won 3-0.

Mr. Kunihiro Shinkai (age 67) enjoyed the experience: “It was an honor to play on the first field. It was fun to play with people from another region who have the same great passion for the game.” Mr. Masanori Nasu (55) said, “There wasn’t as much pressure as there would have been in Koshien Stadium, but the pastoral feel of the grounds was enjoyable in itself. I felt like I understood the love that Shiki felt for the game.”

Original/原稿:
正岡子規の時代そのまま…「の・ボール野球」

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はかま姿の審判官が打者と一緒に走りながら打球を追う「の・ボール野球」の交流試合(豊中市で)

夏の全国高校野球大会が開幕した6日、大会発祥の地・大阪府豊中市で、俳人・正岡子規が明治時代、故郷・松山市に伝えた「の・ボール野球」の試合が当時のルールで行われた。

子規の雅号「野球(のぼーる)」から命名した「の・ボール野球」の普及を図る松山市に、豊中市が市制施行75周年を記念し、対戦を申し入れた。市民から選抜された両チームの選手は足袋を履き、審判も羽織はかまと当時の姿を再現。打者がストライクゾーンを指定してから打つなどのルールで対戦し、松山市が3対0で勝利した。

試合に参加した松山市の新開国広さん(67)は「発祥の地のグラウンドで戦うことができて光栄。お互い野球熱の高い地域なので盛り上がり、楽しかった」と満足げ。ヒットで一矢を報いた豊中市の奈須正典さん(55)は「甲子園のような迫力はないけど、牧歌的な楽しさがあった。野球を好んだ子規の気持ちが分かるような気がした」と話していた。
(2011年8月7日09時19分 読売新聞)

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