Vintage Baseball

Lanny Ropke, 66,, of Ahwatukee, shows off his 1887-style equipment to his grandchildren before playing in the Vintage 9 Vintage Baseball Showdown in the Desert against The Legends at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Sunday. Pictured on the left is Ropke’s granddaughter, Hudson Kopke, 6, and on the right is Jett Kope, 9, holding a “Lemon-pell” baseball that was used for the game. Ropke, a retired captain from American Airlines, plays in three senior baseball leagues throughout the year, and was selected as the game’s Most Valuable Player on sunday after going 3-for-3 with two runs batted in. [Mike Sakal/Tribune]

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