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For some of us, we are heading into our off seasons as winter approaches. For others, generally in the south, they may just be starting up their seasons. For the same reason the northerners take off for the cold of winter, the southerners take off for the heat of summer !

Games I am sure will be starting up in Florida, Arizona, Texas, southern California. Are there others ?

So if you are just getting underway, or have a winter season planned, keep us up to date. While some of us sit and wait for spring, we can live vicariously through you folks from the southern states. 🙂 and maybe even some will catch a plane and come join you .. if you will have us..

Also, it is a good time to catch up on some reading. If you really want to understand the history of the game, and how it was really played, there are some good books out there.

I can recommend a few that stick to the history:

Baseball before we knew it. David Block
Baseball's First Inning. William Ryczek
Baseball in the Garden of Eden. John Thorn

Then, take some time to research game accounts from newspapers. So many are digitized these days, they are easy to find. Game accounts from the 1850s and 1860s can tell you so much about how the New York game was played, to help you understand how to better portray your own clubs playing style. Try not to mix town ball with Massachusetts ball with New York ball with your own modern adds and call it a game as it was played in that era. Try to be true to the history. Show those early pioneers of the game the respect they so deserve. "Good people" make the game fun. You dont need the "extras" to get people's attention.

if you need help, the VBBA Rules and Customs committee is here to help you. They have tons of years of experience researching and interpreting the New York game, and they do so without regard to region so they are a very unbiased group that can help you play the game as it was played in the 19th century. They can be reached via the vbba.org website, or just drop a message here and I will get it to them.

Dont waste the off season. Get yourselves ready for 2019. Keep your bodies and your minds in shape !

For the love of the game.
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Doc Adams signs unveiled at Lamson Farm Day in Mont Vernon, NH! Soon to be posted. And thanks to all those who contributed to these two beautiful sign. We appreciate your support so much.

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VBBA - Vintage Base Ball Association shared Daniel Lucius "Doc" Adams's post. ...

Doc Adams signs unveiled at Lamson Farm Day in Mont Vernon, NH! Soon to be posted. And thanks to all those who contributed to these two beautiful sign. We appreciate your support so much.

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Looking for a game to play on Sept 21-23 ? Head to Branson, MO and join in on the fun as they present the Legacy Cup 2018. Plenty of opportunities for base ball during this event, and you can come as just a single player or a pair of players, and find a team to hook up with. More info upon request or contact event organizer Doug Ernst at quickstepsmanager@gmail.com for lots more info on the event. Get more base ball in before the bad weather finds us !! ...

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