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Bill Dieckmann

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My brother Al introduced me to vintage base ball in 1997 at the Sylvania Cup; it is the best thing he ever did for me. He had been a baseball fanatic and researcher since he was a kid. I was not a history buff, but I loved playing baseball. When I was introduced to 1860s base ball I was quickly hooked. I already loved baseball, but the 1860s rules were great fun, and wearing the uniform and living history at the same time was a thrill that is hard for me to put into words. I became fascinated by the fact that you can feel the evolution of the game by reading the rules from 1845 to 1869 (the year my club the 1869 Red Stockings play). I have read those rules many times, and every time I get a better understanding of how and why the game evolved. I believe that the important thing is not the number of clubs playing vintage base ball, but the quality of clubs playing vintage base ball. I want to help the VBBA get accurate information to vintage base ball clubs so that we are teaching history, not re-writing it.


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

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