1860’s Vintage Base Ball
Vintage base ball is baseball played by rules and customs from an earlier period in the sport’s history. The game’s name is typically written “base ball” rather than “baseball,” as that was the spelling used before the 1880s. The ball of the 1860s was a bit larger, heavier and softer than the modern baseball.
Below are the basic rules for Vintage baseball that we typically follow for the Shoeless - Ty games and some of its unique terminology.
BASE BALL RULES
(Subject to change at the Judge’s discretion before the game begins)
There shall be:
No bunting, sliding or running out of the base path;
No uncivil language, spitting, alcohol consumption, chewing of tobacco, wagering;
The ball is delivered underhand in a shallow arc to allow good striking.
Fielders play the following positions until the hurled ball has crossed home
1st ,2nd , and 3rd basemen play on or within one foot of their respective bags;
Short scout (shortstop) can position himself anywhere on the playing field;
Behind (catcher) plays not more than 45 feet behind home base;
Left, middle and right scouts (outfielders) play in the middle of their respective outfields.
A striker (batter) is dead (out) when:
A batted ball is caught on the fly, fair or foul;
A batted ball is caught on one bound, fair or foul;
Three hurled balls are swung at and missed.
A base runner is dead (out) when:
Forced out at base;
Runs three feet or more out of the base path.
Foul ticks (balls) are not considered strikes;
When fielding, the ball must be caught with the HANDS - gloves, hats, or other items may not be used;
Batters cannot wear cleats and catcher cannot wear protective equipment or use a mitt;
The Judge’s (umpire's) determination if a batted ball is fair or foul is made by where the ball first hits the ground;
A base runner may advance at his own risk when a batted ball is caught on one bound, but must return to base on those caught in the air;
All disputes are arbitrated by the team captains and the Judge (umpire). A Judge's decision is final. The Judge is always to be treated in a respectful manner.
Club Nine Team
Horsehide, onion Ball
Striker Hitter Striker to the line Batter up Dish Home plate Four baser Homerun Aces/Tallys Run Hurl Throw/pitch Foul tick Foul ball Player dead Out Muff Error Leg it Run to base Show a little ginger Play harder Stir your stumps Run fast/hustle
Striker to the line Batter up
Dish Home plate
Four baser Homerun
Foul tick Foul ball
Player dead Out
Leg it Run to base
Show a little ginger Play harder
Stir your stumps Run fast/hustle
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Note the following sites have Vintage rules a bit different from the local rules above we follow with the Shoeless - Ty games but provide some further info on how other locales do Vintage Base Ball:
VBBF - Rules - from the Vintage Base Ball Factory website
VBBF - FAQs- from the Vintage Base Ball Factory website