It’s that time of year again – base ball (two words) season! That’s right, vintage base ball returns to the 6th Cavalry Museum and the Polo Field at the Historic Army Post on March 24 with a double-header.
At noon, watch as Mountain City of Chattanooga plays the Cumberlands and at 2:30 p.m., the Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga plays the Nashville Maroons.
New for 2018 is the 6th Cavalry Museum’s Living History Day organized by Army Mule Historical founder Ross Greenwood from Rainsville, Alabama. Military re-enactors will be on full display showing the soldier’s life with encampments, equipment, weapons and weather permitting, an Army mule.
These living historians will engage visitors and answer questions on the polo field. Outdoor arts and crafts vendors will again be part of the festivities to kick-off the season opener. Musician Matt Downer will entertain with live period music.
"The season opener is always exciting, but this year promises to be even better," said Chris McKeever, director of the 6th Cavalry Museum. "You’ll get to watch vintage base ball, shop with our arts and crafts vendors, tour the museum and take a step back in time to learn about Fort Oglethorpe’s unique military history and it’s all absolutely free."
For those not familiar with vintage base ball, this is base ball played by rules, equipment, costume and culture of the 1860s. Think of it as living history through base ball. Players are all volunteers. The game, called a match, is played with wooden bats and no gloves. The players play for the sheer joy of playing and it shows.
Admission to the base ball match, the 6th Cavalry Museum and all the festivities are free, as is parking, on March 24. Bring a lawn chair or blanket as there is no bleacher seating.
For more information about this event visit www.6thcavalrymuseum.org.