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July 17, 2024

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Play Ball! Free Vintage Baseball is Happening Now

The TAOVBB plays old-school, free-to-the-public baseball games in unique, historic locations through Middle TN.

Youโ€™ve seen baseball, but have you seen Vintage baseball, and have you seen it played barehanded?!

If you and the little baserunners are looking for someย unique and free entertainment this summer, The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball (or TAOVBB) play games in different locations in Middle Tennessee from May through September โ€” with many games played at historical locations in the area (such as The Hermitage, Oaklands Mansion and Bicentennial Capitol Mall).

The league, founded in 2013,ย ย โ€œpromotes living history by bringing the 19th Century to life through Americaโ€™s past time sport of base ball utilizing the rules, equipment (or lack thereof), attire and culture of the Civil War era,โ€ according to their website.

A large number of differences exist from the rules baseball is played under today to the Vintage baseball rules of olden times. One detail youโ€™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 todayโ€™s and yesteryearโ€™s game, a modern baseball has 108 stitches in a horseshoe pattern and weighs about five ounces. TAOVBB baseballs weigh almost an ounce more and its seams are stitched in a cross pattern.

The season lasts five months, April through August. For more information the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball, visit

2022 Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball Schedule



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About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.