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Board Members

Dave “Big Dog” Brooks

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State Where You Reside: Ohio              

Number of Years on the Board and Role(s):

  • 2007 – 2009 VBBA Trustee
  • 2015 – Present VBBA Treasurer

Base Ball Experience:  

As a Cincinnati Red Stocking I have played vintage base ball in 17 states. I started playing this wonderful game in 2000 when the Red Stockings were formed. I have been pitching for the team most of the time, but have played other positions. One game I played in the outfield with two other teammates, Knuckles Phillips and Pic Dieckmann. That is the only 200 year old outfield I have ever seen. I have been honored to play with many teams across North America. Most frequently, the Cincinnati Buckeyes allow me to join them on the field. The 1869 Red Stockings is the team that has my heart and I hope to play many more years with them. They have taken me to more than 80 different fields – everything from major league parks to sandlots to beautiful historic venues. My favorite of all these is our home field we share with the Cincinnati Buckeyes – Heritage Village Museum in Sharon Woods

I have been honored to be married to Laura Weaver Brooks since 1971. She always encourages me to play base ball – what a wonderful lady! I worked in manufacturing accounting for 35 years before retiring.


If you are interested in supporting the VBBA by serving on one of the committees below, please contact the committee chair listed below.

Rules and Customs Committee

The VBBA Rules and Custom Committee shall conduct appropriate historical research into the way the game was played in the mid-nineteenth century and other historical eras and shall share its findings with the Association and member clubs in order to establish and improve historical authenticity. The scope of the committee shall include customs, uniforms, equipment, and conventions as well as the dissemination of and interpretation of rules. Feel free to email the committee with your questions and concerns at rulesandcustoms@vbba.org.

Marketing Committee

Helen DeGeatano

Organizational Structure

Jim Kimnach

East Coast Regional Liaison

John Shanahan

West Coast Regional Liaison

Aaron Staab

Membership Committee

Corky Gaskell

Nominating Committee

Gary Schiappacasse, Doug Ernst, and VBBA Member in Good Standing to be named by the President

Judiciary Committee

John Shanahan, Corky Gaskell, Helen DeGeatano

Communications Committee

Gary Schiappacasse (Chair), Doug Ernst (Newsletter Editor), Dylan Schuster (Webmaster), Doug Ernst, Corky Gaskell, Erik Sjogren (Technology Consultant)

Sideline Interpreter Committee

Gib Young, Doug Ernst

Convention Committee

Gary Schiappacasse (Chair), Corky Gaskell, Dennis Wiegmann