When the Muffins take on the Cupcakes, it will not be a war between baked goods.

When the Muffins take on the Cupcakes, it will not be a war between baked goods.

It actually will be a sporting contest between the Ohio Village Muffins, a vintage baseball team patterned after Civil War-era squads, and the Cupcakes, a ragtag group fielded by the German Village Society and sponsored by Bakery Gingham.

The game is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Schiller Park. The Cupcakes are looking for additional players of all skill levels, co-organizer Kelly Clark said.

"Certainly we're not going to turn anybody away," he said, adding that the team has six players and needs about nine more. "I think clearly the 'baseball skill' side of things is going to be on the Muffins' side."

Jim Kimnach, the president of the Muffins advisory board, isn't so sure.

"Just because we've played a lot doesn't mean we're real good," said Kimnach, who doesn't play anymore. "The term 'muffins' refers to the third best players on the team."

The Muffins were established in 1981 and were the only vintage baseball team in the country at the time. There are now 150 to 200 teams across the country, Kimnach said.

The game is part of the German Village Society's 50th anniversary, which is being celebrated with different events throughout the year.

Kimnach said the location has historical significance, too. The Columbus Capitals, an amateur team formed in 1867, used to play in Schiller.

The Cupcakes, on the other hand, have a very recent history. The team is being formed for the one outing. It takes its name from Bakery Gingham, a cupcake maker in the neighborhood that is sponsoring the team and providing the uniforms.

As a fan of baseball and its history, Clark said he is looking forward to the game.

"It will be kind of fun to be in that element and play what was once a gentlemen's game, and kind of step back in one of the more historic areas of the city," he said.

The teams will play according to 1860 rules, meaning no gloves, no sliding and slow pitches, Kimnach said.

"Back in the 1860s, the idea was it was not a very competitive sport," he said.

Balls caught on the first bounce are considered outs. Umpires do not call balls or strikes unless the batter cleanly misses three pitches, which is considered an out, he said.

The nine-inning game usually takes about 90 minutes, much shorter than today's professional baseball games, Kimnach said.

"That's the nice thing about this," he said. "The game really moves along."

Players interested in joining the Cupcakes can sign up at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

gseman@thisweeknews.com