Vintage Base Ball is base ball
played by the rules and customs of any earlier period. Ballists don period uniforms and recreate
the game the game as it was meant to be played. The activity of vintage base ball can be seen
at open-air museums, re-enactments, and city parks and is played
on both open grass
fields and modern baseball diamonds.
century game was considerably different than today’s game. Ballists
with bare hands until the 1880’s and balls caught on one bound were
outs until the mid-1860s. Balls are considered fair by
where the ball first touches the ground. That is, a ball hi in front of home plate that then spins
into foul territory is still a fair ball. There are numerous other differences, but modern
spectators would still recognize our game as base ball.
In February 1996 the
Vintage Base Ball Association (VBBA) was formed to preserve, perpetuate, and promote the
game of base ball as it was played in its formative years.
The Indianapolis Blues
joined the VBBA beginning in the 2002 season. The Indianapolis Blues
was originally a baseball team in the National League during the 1878
were managed by outfielder first baseman/catcher John Clapp,
played their home games at South Street Park. Today the Blues play
rules of base ball as accepted at the December 10, 1867 meeting of the
National Association of Base Ball Players.
The most noticeable differences between the game in 1867 and
the game of
the 21st century are no gloves and underhand pitching.