In partnership with Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society
Special Event: Vintage Baseball!
Featuring the Dirigo Base Ball Club & the Essex Base Ball Organization
Join us for 19th century baseball! Last year, more than 150 people attended the double-header Vintage Baseball event at Fort Williams, and it made the front page of the Portland Press Herald. This year we'll be at Southern Maine Community College’s baseball field on Fort Road in South Portland. We hope you’ll grab some friends, a picnic lunch, and come have some unique historical fun by the ocean.
The Dirigo Vintage Base Ball Club is a non-profit, educational and living history organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the game of Base Ball as it was played during its formative years in the mid-nineteenth century and other historic eras.
The Essex Base Ball Organization, a growing league based in Newbury, Massachusetts, also plays by rules and customs of the 19th century. They wear period uniforms and play on an open field. Like Dirigo, EBBO has a well-established outreach program that focuses on education and engagement as well as playing the games.
The teams will play two nine-inning games (60-90 minutes each). Between the games, team members will talk about baseball in that era, and provide opportunities for kids to run the bases, interact with players, and ask questions. The games are free and open to the public.
Thank you to our lead corporate sponsor, Investment Management and Consulting Group, for its generous support of this community event, and John Babbin of Coldwell-Banker Realty, for additional support. The Mainely Burgers gourmet food truck will also be at the event.