SMYRNA – The Sam Davis Home will be the venue for the Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball’s current season, serving as home field for the Stewart’s Creek Scouts.
The next game is a doubleheader Sunday at noon.
Vintage baseball is the 19th-Century version of the pastime. The players will closely follow the rules and customs set in 1864 in Beadle’s Dime Baseball Player.
The TAVBB is a part of the national Vintage Baseball Association and was established in 2012. There are currently eight teams across Tennessee who compete in order to “entertain and educate our communities by recreating the civility of 19th-Century baseball.”
Re-enacting baseball as it was in the 19th Century means no gloves or mitts, a single ball that is used throughout the entire game, and absolutely no sliding, because that wouldn’t be gentlemanly. Volunteer players wear period style uniforms and use vintage style bats reproduced in Murfreesboro.
In addition to the game itself, fans can also enjoy period music by the Traveling Caudells and cheerleaders in period-style dresses, as well as purchase TAVBB merchandise. The Sam Davis Home will offer hot dogs, snacks, and drinks, as well as fans, bowler hats, bonnets, and other 19th-Century style goods. At the end of each game, children are welcomed on field to run the bases.
The TVBBA has worked to make the site look and feel like a 19th-Century baseball field including a scoreboard that mimics the railing of the Sam Davis Home porch. The Scouts’ roster also sports some colorful nicknames including Captains Cornbread and Skeeter and players Cotton, Dutch and Long Shanks, just to name a few.
The games will be an opportunity for guests to step back in time and experience 19th Century life first-hand. All of the games are free and a full schedule can be found at tennesseevintagebaseball.com.
The Sam Davis Home and Museum will also be open for tours beginning at 11 a.m. on all game days. Fans are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and enjoy these free games that bring the history of baseball to life.
The Sam Davis Home is at 1399 Sam Davis Road in Smyrna and is a nonprofit, historic house and museum. For more information, including hours and admission rates, call 615-459-2341 or visit samdavishome.org.