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