Knoxville vintage baseball teams transport the game back to 1864

Knoxville vintage baseball teams transport the game back to 1864

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In the spacious backyard of the Historic Ramsey House, the Holstons hosted the Highland Rim Ramblers. The two teams play the game weekly in the Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball. In the spacious backyard of the Historic Ramsey House, the Holstons hosted the Highland Rim Ramblers. The two teams play the game weekly in the Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball.
Winning and losing really didn't matter in 1864. At least, they say it didn't. The game was civil. Winning and losing really didn't matter in 1864. At least, they say it didn't. The game was civil.
By JIM WOGAN
6 Sports Director

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -Your cell phone might tell you it's 2014, but the sights and sounds are from 1864 and the Knoxville Holstons are playing base ball.

"We were so fortunate to find a description of one of the baseball tournaments held in Knoxville that the boys looked good in their uniforms of blue and red. So this is what we imaged the Holstons originally wearing," said catcher Adam "Butterbean" Alfrey.

In the spacious backyard of the Historic Ramsey House, the Holstons hosted the Highland Rim Ramblers. The two teams play the game weekly in the Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball.

"We're 0-3. Our entire team is a bunch of history professors. We're having a bit of a rough streak," said outfielder Nathaniel "The Kid" Cordle.

Winning and losing really didn't matter in 1864. At least, they say it didn't. The game was civil.

"It is supposedly a gentleman sport. So we try to keep to the rules. The arbiter can actually fine you a nickel if he doesn't find your conduct gentlemanly," said Cordle.

"They are always gentlemen but they sometimes disagree about when someone will reach a bag. If they can not confer among themselves, I will attempt to help them and then we will bring the captains in and if that doesn't work we will ask the crowd for judgement," said arbiter Phillip Smith.

The game was different back then. No gloves were allowed .However, it's remarkable how much the game has stayed the same. Even if the terminology is from 1864.

"We're out here to have fun. Give the cranks a good show," said Alfrey. "A crank is the crowd. The outfield is the garden. A good player is called a muckle."

More online: Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball

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