About Vintage Base Ball

A Wade House "striker" takes his place at bat.

What is Vintage Base Ball?

Vintage base ball at Wade House is the re-creation of the styles, speech, rules and terminology of the 1860s game. It's not only a competitive game, but also a re-enactment of baseball life, similar to an American Civil War re-enactment.

Back then, the game's name was two words rather than one. Vintage base ball incorporates historical details enjoyed by both players ("ballists") and fans ("cranks"). Players wield fat-handled bats at lemon peel-stitched balls. No one wears gloves and there are no strike zones. Above all, it's a gentleman's game in which there is no showboating or taunting, and the umpire is always addressed as "Sir." Learn more vintage terminology.

Vintage base ball is a fast-growing sport in the United States. Until recently, the game had been mostly a local phenomenon, with clubs playing weekend games in open parks under a variety of rules. Now there are 225 clubs in 32 states.