2016 Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball Schedule Announced
Clubs to compete in 55 barehanded, Civil War-era base ball matches across the state
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – January 28, 2016 – Vintage base ball, played according to the rules and customs of 1864, returns to Tennessee for its fourth season, offering 55 regular season matches in 2016. Opening weekend for the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball (TAOVBB) is slated for April 9-10. Biweekly games at historic sites near Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga continue through August 28. All 10 of Tennessee’s vintage base ball clubs will then be seeded for a chance to vie for the Sulphur Dell Cup at the season-concluding tournament, September 10-11, at Carnton Plantation in Franklin.
“Once again this summer the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball will be staging events at historic sites across the state,” says Trapper “Mama’s Boy” Haskins, co-founder and president of the TAOVBB. “If the idea of our national pastime played under its original Victorian-era rules appeals to you, won’t you join us for an afternoon of authentic old-time base ball? Our matches are free to the public and open to all ages. Come out and enjoy the living history of one our most cherished American traditions.”
The complete 2016 TAOVBB Regular Season Schedule is available at www.TennesseeVintageBaseBall.com/schedule.
2016 TAOVBB Schedule Highlights
- The season opens April 9 at Historic Ramsey House in Knoxville with the Phoenix of East Nashville taking on the Emmett Machinists of Knoxville
- The Hog & Hominy Picked Nine—a travel team comprised of TAOVBB ballists from across Tennessee—will host vintage base ball clubs from Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin, playing special matches at The Hermitage, home of U.S. President Andrew Jackson, in Nashville
- A match between Knoxville’s two clubs is slated to be played at Rocky Mount State Historic Site on June 4, bringing vintage base ball to Johnson City for the first time
- Newly-formed vintage base ball clubs from Spring Hill, Tennessee, and Huntsville, Alabama, will play exhibition matches against established TAOVBB clubs throughout the season
- The regular season concludes August 28 with the TAOVBB’s founding teams—the Franklin Farriers and the Nashville Maroons—battling at Bicentennial Mall State Park in Nashville
- During 2016, TAOVBB ballists will participate in 124 vintage base ball matches (regular season and exhibition) held in Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, and Missouri
About the TAOVBB
Since its inaugural season in 2013, the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball has grown to include 10 vintage base ball clubs in Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. As revived iterations of Tennessee’s historic base ball teams, TAOVBB member clubs combine living history with sport, organizing barehanded, Civil War-era base ball games to educate and entertain their communities. TAOVBB ballists, or base ball players, adhere to rules and customs of 1864, wearing period-appropriate uniforms and using historically-correct equipment. All regular season matches of the TAOVBB are free and open to the public. The TAOVBB is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization supported by donations and organized by dedicated volunteers.
Adam H. “Butter Bean” Alfrey
Director of Media
Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball
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