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WHAT IS VINTAGE BASE BALL?

Simply put, vintage "base ball" is baseball presented as being played by rules and customs from an earlier period in the sport's history. The main goal for vintage clubs is to preserve, perpetuate and promote the game of base ball as it was played during the formative years of the 19th century.

To meet those goals, vintage base ball is not only a competitive game, but also a re-enactment of baseball life similar to American Civil War re-enactment. Players dress in uniforms appropriate to the time period, and in fact many teams are direct copies of teams that existed in the 19th century. The styles and speech of the 19th century are also used while playing vintage base ball.

Another important goal of vintage base ball is to encourage research into the history of baseball. Players and enthusiasts work to shed light upon the somewhat clouded and lost early history of the game.

Vintage base ball is also living history. By bringing the origins of the game to life, it rescues the story of the game (a game that is indelibly tied to the story of the United States) from the yellowing pages of old history books. Vintage base ball educates the public regarding the character, history and growth of the game with attention to the historical context in which it originated and developed.

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