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Chip R
06-08-2007, 03:56 PM
If I may have a moment of your time, I would like to let everybody know that there are some baseball teams in this town that do not suck. ;) Unfortunately you have to go back in time 138 years to experience it.

Saturday, the Cincinnati Vintage Base Ball Club is holding the 6th annual Queen City Vintage Base Ball Festival (http://www.cincyvbb.com/queencityfestival/)in Sharon Woods Park beginning at 10:00 a.m. A generous portion of the proceeds will go to charity. Once again, this year's charity is the Old Lefthander's Character Education Fund (http://www.joenuxhall.org/). There will be 9 games played on 3 separate fields throughout Sharon Woods park.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with vintage base ball (that's 2 words, not one) we recreate base ball as it was played in the 19th century. You may remember us from such events as playing after the Reds games on 4th of July weekend the past 2 years and the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. In our case we play by the rules of 1869. The game should look similar to the modern game but there are a few differences. First of all, players do not use gloves in the field. The ball we use is a little bigger and a little softer than a modern baseball but, believe me, it still hurts if you don't catch it right - and sometimes even if you do. The ball is thrown underhanded from flat ground 45 feet from from home base. DanO would love this game since the point is to pitch to contact. ;) A strikeout in vintage base ball is rarer than a Reds victory. Balls and strikes are not called unless the batter or pitcher are warned first and it only takes 3 balls to walk. Another difference from modern rules is that a ball is foul only if the first bounce is in foul territory. If the ball bounces fair and it bounces foul - no matter where on the field it is - it is a fair ball. However if a fielder catches a foul ball on one bounce, the batter is out. Players are expected to act like gentlemen and may even be asked by the umpire - of which there is only 1 - if they were safe or out on a close play and they are expected to tell the truth. Sometimes the umpire will even ask the spectators their opinion on a close call. Here's a place to go for some more information on the rules and customs of the game http://www.1869reds.com/game/ Or you could just ask RFS62. ;)

Games are at 10:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Come out and watch the game as it was meant to be played. You might even see a fellow RedsZoner out there. :)

http://www.1869reds.com/filez/buc_homepage_26.jpg

Heath
06-08-2007, 04:03 PM
This needs stickied, IMO.

I've seen the local nine (the Clodbusters) play once. It is actually quite fun.

Our community throws a large scale event in July and one of these days, I'd like to get a couple of these teams to play up here. I think it would be fun.

westofyou
06-08-2007, 04:09 PM
http://www.19cbaseball.com/images/j-leggett-excelsiors-1860-t.jpg

Bully, a capital idea this contest should be.

Chip R
06-08-2007, 04:10 PM
This needs stickied, IMO.

I've seen the local nine (the Clodbusters) play once. It is actually quite fun.

Our community throws a large scale event in July and one of these days, I'd like to get a couple of these teams to play up here. I think it would be fun.


They are actually one of the teams playing. Not many teams better than them.

BTW, one of our guys is going to be talking about this on Lance's show this afternoon about 4:45 - I think.

smith288
06-08-2007, 05:16 PM
http://www.19cbaseball.com/images/j-leggett-excelsiors-1860-t.jpg

Bully, a capital idea this contest should be.
Them's be mega mutton chops

KittyDuran
06-08-2007, 05:21 PM
You might even see a fellow RedsZoner out there.
Yeah! You might see me there! ;) Oh, and there's that "Leadfoot" guy that plays for the Buckeyes...

Yachtzee
06-08-2007, 06:43 PM
If I weren't so darn busy, I'd be happy to come down and re-enact the young Garry Hermann. Just park me next to the beer and sausages.

UKFlounder
06-08-2007, 06:56 PM
Sounds cool. I may try to make it up there

TeamCasey
06-08-2007, 07:46 PM
It's a nice day for a picnic. Pack a cooler or grabs some Subway.

We'd be there, except it's my little buddy's last game and trophy/award day for T ball.

TeamBoone
06-08-2007, 07:48 PM
We're going to do our best! TeamGriffey has his last game in Fairfax in the morning, followed by end-of-the-season events at Graeter's afterward. But we should be able to make it to one of the afternoon games, depending on how he feels (he's fighting a cold).

But then, if we tell him we're going to your game, he probably won't even care if he doesn't feel good! He loves you, you know.

GAC
06-09-2007, 10:23 AM
I'll tell ya what.... Chip's team came up in our area and played a game and I took the kids down to see it. I loved it! It was like stepping back in time. It was a perfect, lazy afternoon with everyone taking their lawnchairs and laying around on blankets watching. They also had people there talking with the crowd explaining the history and rules of the game during that time period.

It was a gentlemen's game. One of the rules was right up the alley of this current Red's staff.... the pitcher was suppose to throw a hittable pitch to the opposing batter. ;)

But it is truly enjoyable.

And Chip is that scrappy vet!

Didn't we have a thread on this last year with pics? Can anyone find a link?

westofyou
06-09-2007, 12:00 PM
We're going to do our best! TeamGriffey has his last game in Fairfax in the morning, followed by end-of-the-season events at Graeter's afterward

Graeters back room at the Mariemont one?

Good times... Fairfax field?

Must be the one at the school if it's T ball, that's where my friend Mike rode his bike into the wall and got knocked out... good times, good times.

TeamCasey
06-09-2007, 12:47 PM
Graeters back room at the Mariemont one?

Good times... Fairfax field?

Must be the one at the school if it's T ball, that's where my friend Mike rode his bike into the wall and got knocked out... good times, good times.

Yes and yes.

The kids eyes lit up when they realized they were getting trophies. The gang is on their way to Sharonville so TG can show Chip. :)

KittyDuran
06-09-2007, 05:12 PM
Some pics from one of the games: Chip is the one with the glasses (2nd from the right in the first two pics)... Enjoy! :)

KittyDuran
06-09-2007, 05:57 PM
I'll tell ya what.... Chip's team came up in our area and played a game and I took the kids down to see it. I loved it! It was like stepping back in time. It was a perfect, lazy afternoon with everyone taking their lawnchairs and laying around on blankets watching. They also had people there talking with the crowd explaining the history and rules of the game during that time period.

It was a gentlemen's game. One of the rules was right up the alley of this current Red's staff.... the pitcher was suppose to throw a hittable pitch to the opposing batter. ;)

But it is truly enjoyable.

And Chip is that scrappy vet!

Didn't we have a thread on this last year with pics? Can anyone find a link?I found this link but only with a pic I took that day...
http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48382&highlight=vintage

jmcclain19
06-09-2007, 06:35 PM
Video from the event

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4401082385838966559

TeamBoone
06-09-2007, 08:30 PM
We all had a really good time. The weather was PERFECT... no humidity and a slight breeze.

Great pics, Kitty! :p:

BoydsOfSummer
06-09-2007, 11:24 PM
Some pics from one of the games: Chip is the one with the glasses (2nd from the right in the first two pics)... Enjoy! :)

Check out the dude to the right of Chip in the left-most picture. It's Jerry Narron!:eek:

KittyDuran
06-10-2007, 07:57 AM
We all had a really good time. The weather was PERFECT... no humidity and a slight breeze.

Great pics, Kitty! :p:Yep! [and the guy w/the bandana was in a few frames too!] :luvu:

TeamCasey
06-10-2007, 08:27 AM
Video from the event

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4401082385838966559

:laugh: That was great!

jmcclain19
06-10-2007, 03:27 PM
:laugh: That was great!

That baseball skit is probably the funniest thing I've seen in a while- figured it was appropriate. I was wondering if anyone noticed it :)