Built in 1930, Engel Stadium will play host to something even older than itself – vintage base ball. With vastly different rules, equipment, and terminology (even a different name, as opposed to the modern “baseball”) vintage base ball is equal parts historic reenactment and sporting event.
The double header event will be held on Father’s Day, June 15th, with Franklin and Oak Hill playing at noon, while Highland Rim and Nashville will start at 2:30 p.m. Parking and admission is free, and Sticky Fingers will be providing catering.
Played with a slight variation of 1864-era rules, there are now more than 400 vintage base ball teams across the United States and Canada. The state’s own Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball features eight teams—organizers hope to launch Chattanooga-based teams next year—which play 10+ games from April through September. With no gloves, a heavier but more loosely wound ball, period-accurate uniforms, and conduct rules such as “no spitting” and “no swearing,” the games aim to promote“honor, team play, respectful conduct, and community pride.”