American baseball originated around the 1830s, with the first newspaper account of a baseball game published on Sept. 11, 1845. Drinkwater has been studying old newspaper clippings and historical records for years in order to understand exactly how early versions of the game were played. He found that there were two main sets of rules, and there’s a hot debate within the vintage world over which is better. In 1860s games, pitching was underhand and there were no gloves. In 1880s games, pitchers threw overhand and players wore mitts the size of gardening gloves.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Coast Regional Liaison
West Coast Regional Liaison
Gary Schiappacasse, Doug Ernst, and VBBA Member in Good Standing to be named by the President
John Shanahan, Corky Gaskell, Helen DeGeatano
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
Gary Schiappacasse (Chair), Corky Gaskell, Dennis Wiegmann