In a league tradition, the last game of the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball regular season belongs to Nashville Maroons and Franklin Farriers, the Association’s founding teams.
The match is set for noon on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Bicentennial Mall State Park.
“We’ve had a ton of fun bringing historic base ball to life for a fourth season,” says Trapper “Mama’s Boy” Haskins, president and co-founder of the Association. “I’m so proud of our member ballists and their efforts to give our fans a great experience, and we’re excited to close out the season with well-played matches!”
The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball began play in 2013 and has grown to include 10 vintage base ball clubs in Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga as revived iterations of Tennessee’s historic base ball teams.
Players are barehanded and adhere to the rules and customs of 1864.
To mark the role the Civil War played in base ball history, the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball has partnered with the National Park Service to host two matches on the recreation field at Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, Saturday, Aug. 27.
“For our clubs, the history behind the game is just as important as our play on the field,” said Sean “Mac” McNally, captain of the Lightfoot Vintage Base Ball Club in Chattanooga. “It will be an especially poignant moment for all the ballists who take the field on the hallowed ground of Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park.” Information from the National Park Service about these special matches can be found here.
Following the regular season, Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball member clubs will assemble at Carnton Plantation Sept. 10-11 to play for the Sulphur Dell Cup. TAOVBB matches are free and open to the public. Fans are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair, as matches are played in open fields.