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Seven Vintage Base Ball Clubs, Six Matches, Two Historic Homes, One History-Making Weekend

Seven Vintage Base Ball Clubs, Six Matches, Two Historic Homes, One History-Making Weekend

The Hermitage and the Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation to host 1860s base ball games, April 2-3, 2016

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – March 28, 2016 – The Tennessee Association of Vintage Ball will feature the national pastime, as it was played in the 1860s, at two Middle Tennessee historic homes the weekend of April 2-3, 2016. On Saturday, April 2, The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville, Tennessee, will host matches between the Blackbottom 9 of Hamilton, Ohio, and three Tennessee clubs—Quicksteps Vintage Base Ball Club of Spring Hill, Hog & Hominy Picked 9, and Tennessee Rag Tags—at 10:00 a.m., noon, and 2:00 p.m. respectively. Then on Sunday, April 3, the Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation, 1399 Sam Davis Rd, Smyrna, Tennessee, will host matches between the host Stewart’s Creek Scouts and the Quicksteps Vintage Base Ball Club of Spring Hill at 11:00 a.m. and the Franklin Farriers Vintage Base Ball Club and the Huntsville Red Caps at 1:30 p.m. with the winners of those two games vying for the Sam Davis Cup at 3:00 p.m. in a winner-takes-all match. Match times are local.

Saturday’s matches at The Hermitage offer a unique opportunity to witness games played by the Blackottom 9. These Ohioans play a breed of hard-hitting, hard-laughing base ball that is second to none. “We are in it for love of the game, gentlemanly competition, and abounding camaraderie,” says the Blackbottom 9. “We make sure to highlight the fun part of the game as it developed by 1869. We look forward to playing Civil War-era base ball on the beautiful grounds of The Hermitage.” The Blackbottom 9 will take on ballists from the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball, including the inaugural Quicksteps Vintage Base Ball Club of Spring Hill and the Hog & Hominy Picked 9, an amalgamation of ballists from across Tennessee. The Hermitage matches will take place in the Orchard and are included with admission to the Jacksons’ home. Visitors to the site are invited to bring a blanket or chair.

The following day, the home side Stewart’s Creek Scouts will host three clubs for a full afternoon of sport and conviviality at the Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation. The Franklin Farriers, the Quickstep Club of Spring Hill, and the Redcaps of Huntsville will all take the field for the inaugural Sam Davis Cup. The Franklin club has long stood as formidable rivals to the “Sam Davis 9,” and both the Quickstep and Redcap sides will be making their first trips to the Scouts’ grounds to test their mettle against the locals. This event will surely be an extravaganza for ballists and cranks alike, and promises excitement for all. “We are so pleased to be hosting the first Sam Davis Cup,” proclaims Debbie Shaw, executive director of the Sam Davis Home. “The Scouts have really developed a loyal following over the last couple seasons! Visitors come spend the day touring our beautiful grounds and cheering their favorite team.” The victorious sides from the day’s first two matches will engage in a not-to-be-missed, winner-takes-all contest for the Sam Davis Cup at 3:00 p.m. The victors will be crowned and congratulated in a short ceremony following the final out. Matches at the Sam Davis Home are free and open to the public. Visitors to the site are invited to bring a blanket or chair.

NOTE TO THE MEDIA: Members of the media are invited to interact with the ballists during The Hermitage and Sam Davis Home matches. Feel free to stage interviews, interact with the ballists, and join in the historic fun!

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.

Contact

Adam H. “Butter Bean” Alfrey
Director of Media
Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball
(865) 765-0657
adam.alfrey@TennesseeVintageBaseBall.com
www.TennesseeVintageBaseBall.com
Facebook.com/taovbb
Twitter.com/taovbb
Youtube.com/taovbb

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Vintage Base Ball Returns to Ramsey House in 2016

Vintage Base Ball Returns to Ramsey House in 2016

Media members are invited to try their hand at 1864 base ball this Sunday, March 6

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE– March 2, 2016 –Members of the media are invited to interact with the ballists of Knoxville’s two vintage base ball clubs and try their hand at bare-handed base ball at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 6, 2016, historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. At that time, the Knoxville Holstons and the Emmett Machinists will stage an 1864 base ball game, wearing period-appropriate attire and following the rules and customs of the Civil War-era. Media members are invited to stage interviews and interact with the ballists during the match; they are also encouraged to join the historic fun!

This Media Day, the first in a series for the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball, is preliminary to the 2016 season, which will see 55 vintage base ball matches played by the state’s 10 clubs. “The Emmett Machinists are looking forward to hearty skillful matches with ballists from around our fair state,” says Jeremy “Haymaker” Hubbs, co-captain of the Emmett Machinists. “Coming off a disappointing campaign, the Machinists are ready to take the grounds of Ramsey House with vim and vigor, as we aim to put on a splendid showing for the good people of Knoxville.”

“In our first two seasons at Ramsey House, we have been humbled by the Knoxville community and its support of vintage base ball,” adds Ken “Molasses” Mayes, co-captain of the Knoxville Holstons. “It is our hope that even more families come out to our matches this season and learn about Knoxville’s early base ball teams, which we try to re-create and honor through our spirited play.”

Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball schedule cards, information about vintage base ball and Knoxville’s early base ball teams, and details regarding the Vintage Base Ball Express, a special rail excursion offered by the Three Rivers Rambler, will be available for those attending Media Day.

For more information about vintage base ball and the 2016 regular season schedule, please visit www.TennesseeVintageBaseBall.com.

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.

Contact

Adam H. “Butter Bean” Alfrey
Director of Media
Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball
(865) 765-0657
adam.alfrey@TennesseeVintageBaseBall.com
www.TennesseeVintageBaseBall.com
Facebook.com/taovbb
Twitter.com/taovbb
Youtube.com/taovbb

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Marcella Vivrette Smith Park to Host Vintage Base Ball in 2016

Marcella Vivrette Smith Park to Host Vintage Base Ball in 2016

The grounds of Ravenswood Mansion will be the home field of the Travellers Vintage Base Ball Club of Brentwood

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEEFebruary 8, 2016 – Beginning in 2016, the Travellers Vintage Base Ball Club of Brentwood will call Marcella Vivrette Smith Park its home field. The City of Brentwood’s newest park, located at 1825 Wilson Pike, will host free, 1864 base ball matches organized by the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball (TAOVBB) on April 24, June 19, and July 10.

“The City of Brentwood is excited to welcome vintage base ball to our city,” says Linda Lynch, community relations director, City of Brentwood. “Families will have the opportunity to experience base ball games as they were played in 1864. The community is invited to bring chairs and quilts to Ravenswood, the 1825 historic home located in Marcella Vivrette Smith Park, and enjoy an afternoon of fun and excitement.”

“The Travellers are grateful to the Franklin Farriers Vintage Base Ball Club for sharing the fields at Carnton Plantation for the last two seasons,” remarks Andy “Professor” Finch, captain of the Travellers, “but we are excited to call Brentwood home in 2016.”

Finch continues, “Smith Park adds another home ground for the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball and an opportunity to attract new fans of vintage base ball. Ravenswood Mansion not only has a long history in Middle Tennessee but it also is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. The park offers many recreational options, so families will have plenty to do before and after a spirited match of barehanded, Civil War-era baseball.”

Ravenswood Mansion was built by James Hazard Wilson II, who named the home in honor of family friend and future leader of the Texas Revolution, Sam Houston. The Cherokee affectionately referred to Houston as “the Raven” for his black hair. Wilson was a prominent agriculturist and businessman; he was also the majority stakeholder in the company that built Harpeth Turnpike, now Wilson Pike.

As a nod to Wilson’s role as transportation speculator, the vintage base ball club will retain the name Travellers (formally the Travellers Vintage Base Ball Club of Brentwood), which also honors the team’s first iteration as the Oak Hill Travellers. In their first two seasons, the Travellers finished 6-7 and 9-6; in 2015, the club won the TAOVBB’s Sulphur Dell Cup.

For more information about vintage base ball and the 2016 regular season schedule, please visit www.TennesseeVintageBaseBall.com.

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.

Contact

Adam H. “Butter Bean” Alfrey
Director of Media
Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball
(865) 765-0657
adam.alfrey@TennesseeVintageBaseBall.com
www.TennesseeVintageBaseBall.com
Facebook.com/taovbb
Twitter.com/taovbb
Youtube.com/taovbb

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2016 Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball Schedule Announced

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.

Contact

Adam H. “Butter Bean” Alfrey
Director of Media
Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball
(865) 765-0657
adam.alfrey@TennesseeVintageBaseBall.com
www.TennesseeVintageBaseBall.com
Facebook.com/taovbb
Twitter.com/taovbb
Youtube.com/taovbb

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