If you’re looking for an inexpensive, laid back, relaxing afternoon to enjoy time with your family and experience life in a time long ago, you need to attend a game of Vintage Base Ball!
Being the history lovers that we are, we recently found out about a baseball league in Tennessee that plays with rules from the 1860’s. Not only does the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball play by the 1860’s rules, but they wear the uniforms and use equipment the way it would’ve been during that time period, as well! The uniforms are the most obvious difference between vintage baseball and today’s game. They are not something you’d see on any pro-athletes of today. I don’t think aerodynamics were a thing back then. Lol! These men and women are out in long sleeves, pants, and what looks like dress shoes (God love ’em!) to chase runners, swing at balls with “strikers”, and catch foul balls with their bare hands! No gloves. It sounds painful, but they do an awesome job. During the games, there are usually people dressed the part in the audience, as well. The ladies in the long gowns look like something out of “Gone With the Wind”. They are gorgeous! We’ve even seen some of the players’ kids get dressed up as well. They are PRECIOUS! One other major difference (besides the lack of stadium) are the cheers whenever one of the players makes a great play, the entire team and audience yell “Huzzah! Huzzah!” You can read more about the differences in the game here.
Games are usually held on the grounds of a preserved historic mansion or battlefield around Tennessee. Last year, we went to several games at the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna, but after the tragic Blue Angel crash, I don’t think they have games there anymore. The Sam Davis Home venue hasn’t been on the schedule this year. Back in May, we went and cheered on the Spring Hill Quicksteps vs the Franklin Farriers at the Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, TN.
My advice to anyone wanting to attend one of these games is to bring plenty of shade, snacks, and lawn chairs. The games are free to attend but double-check that there are not any entrance fees to the venues before you head out. To date, we have not had to pay entrance fees onto the grounds of any venue we have visited to watch the games. If you would like to visit the inside of the historic mansions while you are there, you would be expected to pay the price of admittance. Games are usually held on Saturdays and Sundays from March to September. This year’s schedule can be found here.
I hope you get a chance to check out this fun and historical experience with your family. If you’re interested in another Tennessee Family Field Trip, check out our adventure to the Tennessee Safari Park in Alamo, TN!
If you have any ideas for a great Family Field Trip, please leave it in the comments or message me at Gini@WanderingHomeschoolers.com.
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