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Vintage base ball is a loose term for amateur baseball played by the various rules, customs, and equipment of the 1800s. Men and women play with wooden bats and no gloves (in some cases) and period-accurate attire to replicate the game as it was played during its formative years.

To wit: Games are competitive, yet collegial. There is no “World Series” or league standings, although regional rivalries abound. The Delaware County Vintage Base Ball Association contains three sets of brothers. The umpire is always addressed as “Sir.”

At its core, the vintage game is a chance for local ballplayers and their families to gather for an afternoon of community and competition in the sunshine. We leave the rest–the egos, names on jerseys, and charging for admission–to the professionals. 

The Shortstop Classic Vintage Base Ball (it was two words back in the day) game is coming to Ithaca this weekend for a pair of free exhibition games, though State Park entrance fees do apply. See info below.

Taughannock Falls State Park

Sunday June 26th

12:00pm – 1:45pm

1864 Game ONE Delhi Polecats vs. Bovina Dairymen


Screening of “Play Ball” the title episode of #10 of the “Beatrice Fairfax” 1916 serial produced by the Wharton Studio in Ithaca NY

2:30pm – 4:30 pm

1895 Game TWO – Delhi Polecats vs. Bovina Dairymen

Please reach out to with any questions about the event, and if accessibility options are needed.