History of the Vintage Base Ball Association
<!-- Deleted image removed: -->On February 11, 1996 delegates from thirteen clubs representing five states assembled in Columbus, Ohio
to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first recorded base ball
match between organized teams. Using the National Association of Base Ball Players
(c. 1857) as a model, the delegates formed the Vintage Base Ball Association.
Vintage Base Ball Association Mission Statement
The mission and purpose of the Vintage Base Ball Association shall be to preserve, perpetuate, and promote the game of base ball as it was played during its formative years in the nineteenth century and other historic eras. This worthy objective shall be accomplished by the following activities and endeavors:
Presenting the game of base ball as it was actually played in accordance with the rules, equipment, uniforms, field specifications, customs, practices, language, and behavioral norms of the period.
Supporting the formation and strengthening of vintage base ball clubs by sharing vintage base ball information, setting standards of historical accuracy
and participation, and providing a means to recognize and communicate with other vintage base ball clubs.
Encourage research and disseminating information in order to recreate the game in keeping with the highest levels of accuracy and authenticity.
Educating the public regarding the character, history, and growth of the game with attention to the historical context in... Read More