Vintage Base Ball

Mansfield's local team, the Mansfield Independents, play their home games at the Ohio State Reformatory on Sundays. Visit the team's Facebook by clicking here

Upcoming Home Games 2019


Sunday, June 23rd


Sunday, July 7th


Sunday, July 28th


Saturday, August 31st





"Vintage Base Ball is base ball (yes, it was spelled two words prior to the 1880s) played by the rules and customs of the 19th Century. Our players (sometimes called ballists) wear period reproduction uniforms, either with long trouser and shield shirt, or a later style lace shirt and knickers. They recreate the game based on rules and research of the various decades of the mid-to-late nineteenth century. The playing of vintage base ball can be seen at open-air museums, tournament re-enactments and city parks. It is played on both open grass fields and modern baseball diamonds. Spectators may consider vintage base ball to be a new sport, however, some clubs have been in existence since the 1980s. Vintage base ball is a reflection of how baseball existed at an earlier time."

-excerpt take from The Vintage Baseball Association website. To read more on the history of vintage baseball, please click here!

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