Vintage Base Ball at West Baden

Vintage Base Ball is definitely a throwback to simpler times. The obvious absence of gloves, hand-drawn diamonds in the grass and those really cool retro uniforms make Vintage Base Ball (originally it was two words) a lot of fun.

Nearly 500 spectators came out to the West Baden Springs Hotel lawn last April to see a double-header between the Cincinnati Buckeyes and the Indianapolis Blues.

This year the event has been expanded to include six teams from the Midwest. Participating teams are: Cincinnati Buckeyes, Cincinnati Red Stockings, Batesville (IN) Lumbermen, Indianapolis Blues, Indianapolis Hoosiers and St. Louis (MO) Unions.

The tournament is scheduled for June 27-28 and will include a total of nine games, starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. The champions will be determined Sunday afternoon.

Mark your calendars now and make plans for your family to attend. The games are absolutely free. We’ll have bleachers (or feel free to bring your own lawn chair), concessions and even some Vintage Base Ball souvenirs.