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SACRAMENTO– Play a Game of Baseball with 1864 Rules

April 27, 2019 @ 2:30 am7:00 am

Central Valley Vintage Baseball, Photo Credit: Noah Pflueger-Peters and Kristina Horback.

SACRAMENTO– See what it was like to live and play in the California Central Valley in the mid-19th century. Following a brief lecture and Q&A session about early California life around Sacramento, Central Valley Vintage Base Ball will be exhibiting how America’s pastime was played in its infancy by farmers and ranchers in the Sacramento Valley in a pair of exhibition-style events.

From Central Valley Vintage Base Ball:
History and culture come alive as four historically re-created base ball clubs engage each other in spirited matches in Sacramento. At 9:30am, stop by and listen to Founder and Director Matt “Brandywine” Stone speak about how the game was played in 1864 and what changes were made over time and why. He’ll also speak about lifestyle in general in this area at that time. Most people know about the Gold Rush, but what happened when the gold was gone? “Brandywine” will explain how the agriculture industry boomed and how those fields that ran fallow on a given year became base ball fields of dreams. At 10:00am, the Sacramento Base Ball Club will play a game of 1864 base ball against the Athletic Base Ball Club of Woodland. Then, as a bonus, at 12:00pm, the Oleta Base Ball Club of Davisville will play against the Aetna Base Ball Club of Dixon. All of these teams are historic re-creations and we’re all playing for recreation and education. Come out and enjoy a unique opportunity to learn about life and base ball in California’s earliest of years.


Saturday, April 17, 2019, 9:30 am @ McKinley Park, “Butter” Cole Field, Sacramento, CA


McKinley Park

George “Butter” Cole Field
568 33rd Street

Sacramento, CA 95816

For more information, go to www.cvvbb.org or contact Matt “Brandywine” Stone, Founder and Director of Central Valley Vintage Base Ball, (510) 846-7438, CentralValleyVintageBaseBall@gmail.com.

This event is part of a project supported by California Humanities through an Humanities for All Quick Grant. 


April 27, 2019
2:30 am – 7:00 am


McKinley Park, George “Butter” Cole Field
568 33rd Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
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