Vintage Baseball Match Is Father's Day At Engel Stadium

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball announced the return of base ball to historic Engel Stadium. 

Chattanooga’s first vintage base ball double-header will take place on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, when  the Oak Hill Travellers face the Franklin Farriers and the Highland Rim Distillers face the Nashville Maroons. The games will take place at noon and 2:30 p.m., rain or shine  Admission and parking are free. 

Players – or “ballists” – wear Civil War-era uniforms and follow the rules and customs of 1864 base ball.  As authentic re-enactors, ballists use phrases such as “Striker to the line!” and “Stir your stumps!”  Base ball was a gentleman’s game then, no spittin’, no swearin’, and no gloves. 

Pre-match ceremony will include club introductions and an overview of rules and customs.  Players will be available to sign autographs after the games. 

Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs to watch the games from Engel’s historic field.  Sticky Fingers will provide concessions with proceeds going to benefit the ballpark’s restoration.  Gates will open at 11 a.m.   

TaoVBB’s mission is to entertain and educate our communities by recreating the civility and traditions of 19th century base ball.  Founded in 2012, The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball and all of its teams are recognized by the Vintage Base Ball Association.  The TaoVBB is exploring options for expansion in 2015, which includes the Chattanooga area.

For more information about the league or any of its teams, events, rules, customs or any other general inquiries; please contact Justin T. Brown at CCO@TennesseeVintageBaseBall.com.

For more information about Historic Engel Stadium, please contact Janna Jahn at info@engelfoundation.com



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