So what does Vintage Baseball have to do with Off Roading? Virtually NOTHING except when I was speaking to, come to find out, a Vintage Baseball shortstop player about Easy Off Roading he told me about their games and to lookup their schedule (Click Here). Taking a ride to a Vintage Baseball Game with family and friends sounded good to us.
Baseball is one of the greatest games in America and it just so happens to be one of the games that’s been around the longest in our history. However, baseball, as we know it today is much different than it was in the 19th century. Back then, there were only around 40 different rules to the game. Now Major League Baseball has hundreds of pages included in their rule book.
The Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball was formed to bring to life America’s pastime in its original form. From the uniforms to the equipment, the rules and even the culture, take a ride back in time to the 1860’s and experience a vintage baseball game. You’ll surely gain a new perspective on the game.
Almost everything, including the ball, the bat, the pitcher’s mound and most rules in vintage baseball are different from modern baseball. Some of the interesting differences include:
- All fielders use their bare hands instead of gloves to catch the ball.
- Catching the ball after a single bounce is considered and out.
- The baseball itself is stitched differently and is made from one-piece leather instead of two-piece leather. The ball is also a bit larger than it is today.
- The pitcher stands 45-feet away and pitches the ball underhanded.
- The only restriction on the size of the bat is it can’t be more than 2.5” in diameter at the barrel.
There are plenty of other differences between modern baseball and vintage baseball, but these should give you an idea of what to expect when you watch a game.
Vintage baseball associations are dedicated to enlightening fans of the game to how it was played centuries ago. They often provide educational programs and cultural enrichment activities to both kids and adults. These programs give any baseball fan the ability to gain a new perspective on the game they grew up loving and still love today. And you can even see two vintage baseball teams play against each other in friendly competition on the field!
If you’re a baseball fan then you deserve to take a ride back in time and experience vintage baseball. You will quickly see how the game has evolved and advanced into what we know it as today. The vintage baseball teams have a lot of fun educating fans on the game, and most importantly, playing the game how it was played more than a century ago.