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The first Vintage Base Ball game day at Carnton Plantation will be on Sunday, April 10, featuring a double-header with games at both noon and 2:30 p.m.
Carnton Plantation, managed by the Battle of Franklin Trust, will serve as the home field for the Franklin Farriers and the Oak Hill Travellers, this summer in a new season of vintage base ball. All games will be played in the large open field west of the plantation.
The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball has announced that the first game day will be on Sunday, April 10, featuring a double-header with games at both noon and 2:30 p.m.
Eleven teams now are part of the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball, with the Quicksteps Club of Spring Hill being the most recent to join.
Going back in the past, players must abide by the rules and traditions of base ball, as it would have been during the Civil War. The required underhand pitch, period reproduction uniforms and the absence of gloves will ensure an authentic experience. Spectators may find the presence of umpires in vintage base ball to be a formality rather than a necessity. Tough calls such as “safe” or “out” are expected to be resolved between the players themselves.
“We look forward to hosting these old-style games each year,” said Eric Jacobson, chief executive officer of the Battle of Franklin Trust. “Carnton Plantation is the perfect setting for bringing 1860s base ball to life and continuing to tell the stories of life during the Civil War-era.”
All games are free and open to the public. Additional matches will take place at Carnton Plantation on May 15 at noon and 2:30 p.m., July 24 at noon, and Aug. 21 at noon. Additionally, 11 teams from the state will vie for the Sulphur Dell Cup on Sept. 10 – 11.