published Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Vintage Base Ball at Engel Stadium - June 15

The Highland Rim Distillers are one of four teams that will play under the rules and customs of 1864 baseball Sunday at Historic Engel Stadium.
The Highland Rim Distillers are one of four teams that will play under the rules and customs of 1864 baseball Sunday at Historic Engel Stadium.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

IF YOU GO

What: Vintage Base Ball double-header.

When: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, June 15.

Where: Engel Stadium, 1130 E. Third St.

Admission: Free.

Phone: 423-314-1378.

Website: tennesseevintagebaseball.com.

The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball will put four teams on the field Sunday, June 15, for Chattanooga's first vintage double-header.

The Father's Day games start at noon and 2:30 p.m. at Historic Engel Stadium. In the first matchup, the Oak Hill Travellers will face the Franklin Farriers. In the second game, the Highland Rim Distillers will challenge the Nashville Maroons.

Players -- or "ballists" -- wear Civil War-era uniforms and follow the rules and customs of 1864 baseball. As authentic reenactors, ballists use phrases such as "Striker to the line!" and "Stir your stumps!" Baseball was a gentleman's game back then, with no spitting, no swearing and no gloves.

The event is co-hosted by the Engel Foundation. Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs. Concessions will be available. Admission and parking are free.

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