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.
Adam H. “Butter Bean” Alfrey
Director of Media
Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball
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