- Barnstorm (sports)
Barnstorming in athletics refers to sports teams or individuals that travel to various locations, usually small towns, to stage exhibition matches.
Some barnstorming teams lack any home arena whatsoever, while other teams have been known to go on "barnstorming tours" in the off-season. Teams in baseball's
Negro Leaguesoften barnstormed before, during and after their league's "regular season". While barnstorming is no longer as popular as it was in the early twentieth century, some teams such as basketball's Harlem Globetrotters, softball's King and His Court and ice hockey's Buffalo Sabres Alumni Hockey Teamcarry on the tradition to this day.
Barnstorming teams differ from
traveling teams in that barnstorming teams operate outside the framework of an established athletic league, while traveling teams (also known as "road teams") are designated by a league, formally or informally, to be a designated visiting team for all, or almost all, of its league games.
Numerous auto racers, most notably
Barney Oldfield, staged exhibitions around the United States in the early twentieth century. Oldfield barnstormed against an airplane pilot Lincoln Beacheyat least 35 times in 1914.
Lancaster Barnstormersof the Atlantic League of Professional Baseballare named for the act of barnstorming. Lancaster County, Pennsylvaniahosted many barnstorming baseball games in the early 1900s. The Barnstormers play at Clipper Magazine Stadiumin the city of Lancaster.
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