You’ve seen baseball – but have you seen it played barehanded?Vintage Baseball - June - NowPlayingNashville.com

If you and the little baserunners are looking for some unique and free entertainment this summer, The Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball (or T.A.O.V.B.B.) play games in different locations in Middle Tennessee from May through September — with many games played at historical homes in the area.

The league, founded in 2013,  “promotes living history by bringing the 19th Century to life through America’s past time sport of base ball utilizing the rules, equipment (or lack thereof), attire and culture of the Civil War era,” according to their website. 

A large number of differences exist from the rules baseball is played under today to the rules of olden times. One detail you’ll find is immediately noticeable: no gloves allowed. The first officially confirmed use of a glove during a baseball game came in 1875, years after the era the league portrays.

Among the other differences between today’s and yesteryear’s game, a modern baseball has 108 stitches in a horseshoe pattern and weighs about five ounces. T.A.O.V.B.B. baseballs weigh almost an ounce more and its seams are stitched in a cross pattern.

The season lasts five months, May through September.

2021 Nashville Area Vintage Baseball Schedule

May

Sunday May 2 | 2 p.m. Stones River Scouts vs Cumberland Club of Nashville at Oaklands Mansion
Sunday May 2 | 2 p.m. Nashville Maroons vs Phoenix of East Nashville at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Sunday May 2 | 2 p.m. Quicksteps of Spring Hill vs Franklin Farriers at Rippavilla Plantation
Sunday May 16 | 2 p.m. Quicksteps of Spring Hill vs Nashville Maroons at Rippavilla Plantation
Sunday May 16 | 2 p.m. Franklin Farriers vs Cumberland Club of Nashville at The Hermitage

June

Sunday June 6 | 2 p.m. Stones River Scouts vs Quicksteps of Spring Hill at Oaklands Mansion 
Sunday June 6 | 2 p.m. Phoenix of East Nashville vs Cumberland Club of Nashville at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park 
Sunday June 27 | 11 p.m. Quicksteps of Spring Hill vs Cumberland Club of Nashville at Rippavilla Plantation 
Sunday June 27 | 2 p.m. Phoenix of East Nashville vs Franklin Farriers at Rippavilla Plantation 
Sunday June 27 | 2 p.m. Stones River Scouts vs Nashville Maroons at Oaklands Mansion

July

Sunday July 11 | 2 p.m. Stones River Scouts vs Franklin Farriers at Oaklands Mansion
Sunday July 25 |10 a.m. Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga vs Stones River Scouts at Oaklands Mansion
Sunday July 25 | 11 a.m. Mountain City Club of Chattanooga vs Cumberland Club of Nashville at The Hermitage
Sunday July 25 | 1 p.m. Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga vs Emmett Machinists of Knoxville at Oaklands Mansion
Sunday July 25 | 2 p.m. Mountain City Club of Chattanooga vs Nashville Maroons at The Hermitage
Sunday July 25 | 2 p.m. Quicksteps of Spring Hill vs Phoenix of East Nashville at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Sunday July 25 | 4 p.m. Franklin Farriers vs Emmett Machinists of Knoxville at Oaklands Mansion

August

Sunday August 8 | 11 a.m. Stones River Scouts vs Phoenix of East Nashville at Oaklands Mansion
Sunday August 8 | 2 p.m. Nashville Maroons vs Cumberland Club of Nashville at Oaklands Mansion
Sunday August 22 | 2 p.m. Franklin Farriers vs Nashville Maroons at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

September

Sunday September 12 | 2 p.m. Stones River Scouts vs Cumberland Club of Nashville at The Hermitage
Sunday September 12 | 2 p.m. Quicksteps of Spring Hill vs Franklin Farriers at Rippavilla Plantation
Sunday September 12 | 2 p.m. Phoenix of East Nashville vs Nashville Maroons at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

*All games/team/times subject to change. Check Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball’s official website at this link.