Vintage Baseball Coming to Area; Dixonites Invited to Play

Central Valley Vintage Base Ball (CVVBB) will make its way to Woodland for the first time on November 10 and 11. Following an appearance at the Yolo County World War 1 Commemoration Parade on the 10th, CVVBB will play its first exhibition game on November 11 at 10 am at Dave Douglas Park.
Starting at 10 am, the exhibition teaches the rules and traditions of 1864 base ball and puts them into action by playing an exhibition game with period-accurate equipment. No experience is required and all are welcome to participate as a player or spectator regardless of skill level.
1864 base ball differs from the modern game in a few key ways. Instead of gloves, players simply used their hands to catch balls, pitchers throw the ball underhand and the umpire stands off to the first base side of home plate instead of behind the catcher.
The early game also uses the “bound rule,” which means if a fielder catches a ball after it bounces only once, it still counts as an out, making it easier to catch the ball without a glove.
The Athletic Club of Woodland is one of four local clubs that existed in the late 19th Century that CVVBB will re-establish as part of an association for 2019. The organization hopes to recruit players for teams in Woodland, Davis, Sacramento and Dixon initially, with the possibility of eventually expanding to other parts of the Central Valley.
Since CVVBB is an association and not a league, games are more about having fun and celebrating the history rather than winning and losing. This makes it a welcoming environment for anyone interested in history and the game of baseball.
For more information, visit cvvbb.org, follow the organization on Facebook and Instagram or contact Matt “Brandywine” Stone directly at CentralValleyVintageBaseball@gmail.com.

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