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The arbiter - the forerunner of the modern baseball umpire - watches play during a game on August 4, 2012 at the Swansea Moose Lodge fields between the Belleville Stags and the St. Louis Unions. He is portrayed by "Judge David P. Showmaker" who wears authentic period attire for the games, including an original derby from the late 19th century which the team bought off eBay for him. The teams played by rules of the game as they were in the late 19th century -- when there were no umpires, only a lone arbiter to make judgement calls.