Cheer for Vintage Base Ball!
Learn more about Vintage Base Ball in this one-minute video.
What is Vintage Base Ball?
Vintage base ball at Old World Wisconsin 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 in baggy uniforms 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.
Vintage Base Ball at Old World Wisconsin
The Eagle Diamonds, based on the 1860s Waukesha Diamonds team, formed in 2005 at Old World Wisconsin. The team will begin its tenth season of play in 2014. Competing in well-documented uniforms inspired by those worn by the original 1860s Waukesha Diamonds, the players use the same rules of that era. With its unkempt field, underhand pitching and no gloves, the scores can be extremely high. The Eagle Diamonds are joined by the Greenbush Dead Citys, The Milwaukee Cream Citys and the Milwaukee Grays as charter members of the 19th-Century Base Ball Clubs of Wisconsin.
Base Ball Carload Savings
Load the car with friends and family and come out to Old World Wisconsin for a day of old-fashioned base ball.
Pay a special $43 game-day admission fee for your entire carload! Please note that everyone must be able to buckle up; nine fans maximum per carload. As always, admission to the museum lets you see the game for FREE.