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Belleville Stags pitcher lobs the ball as he is watched by the arbiter, standing near home plate at their Saturday August 18 game under the Gateway Arch on the St. Louis riverfront.  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.  The Stags, Cyclones, and the Unions competed in a mini-tournament to build interest in vintage base ball leagues and were hosted on the site by the Federal Park Service, which had information booths and handouts for interested people.  About 150 people around the perimeter of the makeshift field watched all or part of the three games the teams played.