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SACRAMENTO– Vintage Base Ball at Doc Oliver Field in William Land Park
August 5, 2018 @ 2:00 am – 5:00 am
SACRAMENTO– Sacramento history comes alive with Central Valley Vintage Base Ball (CVVBB). Spend the morning learning and playing the 1864 rules of baseball and celebrating both the history of the game and the Sacramento region. All are welcome to join regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or skill level. The organization channels the long history of the game in the region. The first organized club in Sacramento was formed in November 1859 and the first recorded game took place a year later between Sacramento and the San Francisco Eagle Club. Base ball in 1864 differs from the modern game in a few key ways. Instead of gloves, players simply used their hands to catch batted balls; pitchers tossed the ball underhand; the umpire stands off to the side of home plate instead of behind the catcher and does not necessarily always call balls and strikes. The early game also uses the “bound rule,” allows a fielder to catch a ball after it bounces only once, and still getting the out on the striker, making it easier to catch the ball without a glove. Since its inception in late 2017, the organization has been growing with each successive event. CVVBB hopes the August 5th event is the first of many that involves the City of Sacramento.
This project is supported by California Humanities through an Humanities for All Quick Grant