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Vintage Base Ball’s National Convention Comes to Cleveland

By sstorm Published: March 24, 2011

The Cleveland Blues Base Ball Club is proud to host this year’s official Vintage Base Ball Association (VBBA) Convention.
This weekend, almost 60 players will represent more than 40 teams from across the country. Dressed in period attire, teams will face-off in 1800’s-era, bare-handed base ball matches at Cleveland’s historic League Park.

On Saturday from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m., “hurlers” and “behinds” will report to League Park. Fans – or “cranks” – are invited to tour Cleveland’s legendary ballpark and view vintage base ball matches as they would have been played over a century ago. Games will be held rain or shine. Street parking is available and lawn chairs are permitted.

Attendees at this year’s VBBA Convention will hear from radio 100.1’s “Ed in the Morning,” author and baseball historian Scott Longert and more. The VBBA is now entering its 16th year of operation. The organization has grown from 13 clubs to over 70 during that time.

As a direct result of the efforts of the VBBA, the game of vintage base ball has grown, by some estimates, to over 250 clubs in North America. Visit for more information.

This year’s VBBA Convention is brought to you by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cleveland Blues Base Ball Club, League Park Society, Cleveland Indians, City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sport Commission, Positively Cleveland, The Clevelander Bar & Grill, Bertman’s Ballpark Mustard and many more.

The Cleveland Blues Base Ball Club is a Vintage Base Ball Club out of Cleveland Ohio, and patterned after the Cleveland Blues Base Ball Club of the National League (1878-1884), playing by 1860-1878 base ball rules. Visit for more.
ATTN News Desk: Photo/Video Opportunity – More than 60 period-clad “ballers” will descend on League Park (E. 66th and Lexington) from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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