Running Bases

baseballWriting about games we played in the schoolyard, like Butt's Up and Handball, I remembered Running Bases.

Running Bases was a game I played often as a kid. There would be two bases, and someone wearing a baseball glove and manning each base. Everyone else would then run back and forth between the two bases while the fielders threw the ball ahead to try and tag the runner out. Yes, Running Bases was exactly what it sounds like. We'd run bases and try and beat the throw before we got tagged.

It was best to play Running Bases on grass because you could slide. Every base you reached safely got you a point and when you were out you'd take over as fielder and someone else would run.

Running Bases was simple, but it was a lot of fun.

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We used to love playing Running Bases. There was another one we played called pitcher/catcher/ump. The pitcher would strike 3 guys out to move on, and every walk was a run against you. Nice arguments on the ump’s calls.

May 14, 2008 @ 4:48 PM


British Bulldog
Red Rover
A girly game standing against the wall with a tennis ball in an old nylon swinging the ball side to side and singing a song...I wonder if that had a name???

We also played all these games plus massive neighbourhood wide hide and seek, angel-devil, and all of the above after school and again after dinner 'till the streetlights came on and we had to go home...those were the days!

May 14, 2008 @ 5:03 PM

Mississauga Mike

That game was so badass back in the day. I preferred using tennis balls to hardballs, the latter was just uncomfortable to play with... less ability to take dumb risks.

May 14, 2008 @ 9:43 PM

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