White River Base Ball Club

White River Base Ball Club The WRBBC is a dedicated group of volunteer historians in Indianapolis, Indiana that recreate and ed The White River Base Ball Club is a dedicated group of volunteer historians in and around Indianapolis, Indiana who recreate historic base ball of the mid-to-late 19th century.

Originally comprised of volunteers as an educational program at Conner Prairie Living History Museum in 2001, the player and civilian reenactors of the WRBBC became independent in 2012 and continue to educate about baseball history in Indiana through both competitive games and demonstration programs. The WRBBC plays home games using 1886 National League rules, but has recreated base ball games wit

Originally comprised of volunteers as an educational program at Conner Prairie Living History Museum in 2001, the player and civilian reenactors of the WRBBC became independent in 2012 and continue to educate about baseball history in Indiana through both competitive games and demonstration programs. The WRBBC plays home games using 1886 National League rules, but has recreated base ball games wit

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10/04/2021

The 2021 season has concluded. Unfortunately we could not muster enough players to participate in our final two events. Thank you for the kind support this season and we now look forward to the 2022 campaign.

White River Base Ball 11/12-Sep-2021 Event Re-cap at World Series of Vintage Base BallThe White River Base Ball Club tra...
09/13/2021

White River Base Ball 11/12-Sep-2021 Event Re-cap at World Series of Vintage Base Ball

The White River Base Ball Club travelled to the historic West Baden Springs Hotel grounds in southern Indiana this past weekend to participate in the World Series of Vintage Base Ball along with the host Indianapolis Blues, Batesville Lumbermen, Vermilion Voles, and Belleville Stags. The Oaks of Locust Corner bowed out before the event commenced and the "West Baden Oaks", a team of players from the other clubs eager to play extra ball, stepped into their place. All games were played by the rules of 1864, commonly referred to as "bound rules" and were limited to the shorter of 9 innings or one hour fifteen minutes.

The Men in Wool won one and lost two in their regularly scheduled matches with their final game cancelled Sunday afternoon as the Stags withdrew on Saturday evening. However, as White River manned the majority of the "Oaks" squad on Saturday it thusly claims their two losses amongst its own.

In the opening game Saturday playing as the "Oaks", White River fell, 6 to 3, to the Stags in 7 1/2 innings. Belleville's bats were stronger out of the gate and time ran out for a final charge into the lead. Sarge and Stilts were the leading hitters by White River players in this game each going 2-for-3.

Next, Batesville defeated White River, 11 to 2, in 6 1/2 innings. Fine fielding by the Lumbermen precluded any White River runs until its final at-bat of the game and precise hitting by Batesville allowed them to steadily pull away and cinch the win. Razor was 2-for-2 while Jester, Sprudel, and Digger each went 2-for-3.

Playing again as the "Oaks", the Indianapolis Blues defeated White River, 5 to 4, over 8 1/2 innings in one of the closest matches of the weekend. The hosts quickly jumped to a 3 to 0 lead and lead 4 to 0 after six innings. The mighty Oaks bats came alive in the seventh plating two on a double by Sarge and then added two more runs in the eighth. A great relay throw from left field to third base to catcher mowed down the potential fifth Oaks run on a close play to end the frame. Meanwhile, the Blues scored a crucial fifth run in their seventh inning. While the Oaks put the tying run on base in the ninth, it was stranded and this thrilling game concluded. Sarge and Stilts were the leading White River hitters in this game at 2-for-4 apiece. Sarge pitched the distance allowing but 2 earned runs over 8 innings.

In Saturday's final match, White River, with assistance from the Blues, defeated the Voles in 5 1/2 innings. The afternoon heat seemingly agreed with WR's bats as they scored in all but one inning. Digger went 4-for-4 while Stilts went 4-for-5 with a double. Lipadib hit a double, triple and a home run playing in from the Blues and Sarge hit a double and a triple. Scooter pitched three shut-out innings to earn his fifth win of the year while Sarge pitched two shut-out innings to cap a fine day's pitching performance.

On Sunday, White River fell, 13 to 6, to the Oaks, manned this game by the Blues and Voles. The Oaks kept the lead at arm's distance from the Men in Wool who remained in contention until the top of the seventh when the final two Oaks runs sealed the win. Seven White River players recorded two hits in this game, but notable among them were Pig Pen and Bubba playing in from the Lumbermen who each doubled in their three plate appearances.

Earlier in the day, Sparrowhawk and Sarge joined in what turned out to be a largely intra-squad game with the Blues since the Stags withdrew. This well-played and enjoyable game ended in a 3 to 3 tie called after 7 innings. The two WR representatives formed the batterymen for Grasshopper's squad with Sparrowhawk pitching 4 shut-out innings while Sarge went 3 allowing but one earned run.

There are many to thank this weekend: Southpaw for organizing the event, successfully navigating through the inevitable challenges that go with an event of this magnitude and for his presentation on the "Evolution of Baseball" on Friday afternoon; West Baden
Springs Hotel for all of its hospitality; the brass band for the rousing tunes between innings; MaD Fire BBQ for bringing its food truck; the Blues and Lumbermen who set up the diamond; the umpires throughout the weekend, Dutch, Wildcat, Hay Wagon, W**deater, Sparrowhawk and Southpaw; those who played in with White River from the Blues, Bristle (who played in with WR for 4 of its 5 matches), Buzz and Lipadib and from the Lumbermen, Bubba, Wheels and Pig Pen; those who played in on the Oaks with WR from the Blues. Bird, Bristle, and Red, Bubba, Jimmy D and Twig from the Lumbermen, Super from the Voles, Rooster, Tex and Pebbles from the Stags and especially Smalls, Four Eyes and Woodchipper who joined in from the spectator gallery to sample the game. Finally, thank you to the WR players who played part or all of the weekend: Digger, Scooter, Sarge, Stout, Sparrowhawk, Razor, Jester, Stilts and Sprudel.

The home stretch of season awaits White River. It's next scheduled game will be by 1886 overhand rules on Saturday, 25-Sep-2021, 1:00 p.m. vs the Bluegrass Barons at Strawtown Koteewi Park near Noblesville, Ind.

White River Base Ball Club 28-Aug-2021 Game Re-cap vs Vermilion Voles1886 base ball returned to Strawtown Koteewi Park o...
08/29/2021

White River Base Ball Club 28-Aug-2021 Game Re-cap vs Vermilion Voles

1886 base ball returned to Strawtown Koteewi Park on Saturday for the first time since early May as the White River Base Ball Club hosted the Vermilion Voles. In a series full of close games, this one tilted toward the Men in Wool as they defeated the Voles, 19-5, in 9 innings. After dismissing the travellers in the opening frame, the first seven batters reached base for the hosts. It was indicative of how the rest of the afternoon would go as WR accurately placed the ball for generally unflashy yet effective hits. The flash came off the bats Calliope, who returned to action to smash a home run and a double; Mad Dog, who belted two doubles; and Southpaw who also walloped a double. Sarge and Digger were a perfect 6-for-6 and 4-for-4, respectively, Preacher was 5-for-6, and Calliope was 4-for-5 with a walk while Mad Dog plated 5 runs and Calliope tallied 4 more to headline the White River offence. Each player reached base safely.

The fielding once again was solid in containing the Voles uprisings to three single run frames and one two-run inning. Southpaw and Stilts each caught fly balls in the outfield while Sarge, Sparrowhawk and Razor all tracked down well hit balls keeping them to singles. Mad Dog, Calliope, Preacher and Sarge were rock solid on the infield in getting baserunners out on force plays. Digger grabbed several foul balls for outs at catcher. Scooter pitched 5 efficient innings allowing 4 runs to collect the win while Sparrowhawk allowed a run over 4 innings.

There are many to thank this game: first, to the Voles, a team we not only enjoy playing against on the field but the camaraderie we've developed as well; to Scooter, Strawtown Koteewi Park, Hamilton County Tourism and the Cicero Subway for the post-game meal; Ian at Strawtown Koteewi Park for helping to set up the green tent and picking up the food; to Mad Dog and Preacher for coming out of Blues retirement for the day and playing in with us; to Southpaw who played in with us for the 7th time this season; to Moose for playing in with the Voles so they would have 10 on their game roster; to the fanatics from both teams for persevering through the heat and humidity; and to the rain which held off until the post game meal was wrapping up!

White River takes the week leading up to the holiday off before its next set of games at the World Series of Vintage Base Ball on the grounds of the West Baden Springs Hotel the weekend of 11/12-Sep-2021.

White River Base Ball Club 28-Aug-2021 Game Re-cap vs Vermilion Voles

1886 base ball returned to Strawtown Koteewi Park on Saturday for the first time since early May as the White River Base Ball Club hosted the Vermilion Voles. In a series full of close games, this one tilted toward the Men in Wool as they defeated the Voles, 19-5, in 9 innings. After dismissing the travellers in the opening frame, the first seven batters reached base for the hosts. It was indicative of how the rest of the afternoon would go as WR accurately placed the ball for generally unflashy yet effective hits. The flash came off the bats Calliope, who returned to action to smash a home run and a double; Mad Dog, who belted two doubles; and Southpaw who also walloped a double. Sarge and Digger were a perfect 6-for-6 and 4-for-4, respectively, Preacher was 5-for-6, and Calliope was 4-for-5 with a walk while Mad Dog plated 5 runs and Calliope tallied 4 more to headline the White River offence. Each player reached base safely.

The fielding once again was solid in containing the Voles uprisings to three single run frames and one two-run inning. Southpaw and Stilts each caught fly balls in the outfield while Sarge, Sparrowhawk and Razor all tracked down well hit balls keeping them to singles. Mad Dog, Calliope, Preacher and Sarge were rock solid on the infield in getting baserunners out on force plays. Digger grabbed several foul balls for outs at catcher. Scooter pitched 5 efficient innings allowing 4 runs to collect the win while Sparrowhawk allowed a run over 4 innings.

There are many to thank this game: first, to the Voles, a team we not only enjoy playing against on the field but the camaraderie we've developed as well; to Scooter, Strawtown Koteewi Park, Hamilton County Tourism and the Cicero Subway for the post-game meal; Ian at Strawtown Koteewi Park for helping to set up the green tent and picking up the food; to Mad Dog and Preacher for coming out of Blues retirement for the day and playing in with us; to Southpaw who played in with us for the 7th time this season; to Moose for playing in with the Voles so they would have 10 on their game roster; to the fanatics from both teams for persevering through the heat and humidity; and to the rain which held off until the post game meal was wrapping up!

White River takes the week leading up to the holiday off before its next set of games at the World Series of Vintage Base Ball on the grounds of the West Baden Springs Hotel the weekend of 11/12-Sep-2021.

If you are around Cicero/Noblesville/Strawtown this Saturday, please drop by Strawtown Koteewi Park to watch some 1886 o...
08/24/2021

If you are around Cicero/Noblesville/Strawtown this Saturday, please drop by Strawtown Koteewi Park to watch some 1886 overhand rules base ball between the White River BBC and the Vermilion Voles. The park is 4 miles east of Cicero or 1/4 mile west of SR 37 along Strawtown Ave.

If you are around Cicero/Noblesville/Strawtown this Saturday, please drop by Strawtown Koteewi Park to watch some 1886 overhand rules base ball between the White River BBC and the Vermilion Voles. The park is 4 miles east of Cicero or 1/4 mile west of SR 37 along Strawtown Ave.

White River Base Ball 14-Aug-2021 Games Re-cap at Uncle Joe JamboreeA beautiful summer day on a picturesque field with f...
08/16/2021

White River Base Ball 14-Aug-2021 Games Re-cap at Uncle Joe Jamboree

A beautiful summer day on a picturesque field with four good natured teams, engaged fanatics and a moving tribute by W**d Eater to his fallen Voles comrade, Razor, summed up what makes historic base ball special - and all of this occurred before the first ball of the day was hurled to a batter. Such was the setting this past Saturday at the 14th Uncle Joe Cannon Jamboree hosted by the Vermilion Voles at Kennekuk Meadows outside Danville, Ill. The Lemont Quarrymen, the Deep River Grinders and the White River BBC joined the Voles for three games each of 1858 base ball.

For White River, the icing on the cake was three well played games in which they tied with the Quarrymen for best record of the day (2-0-1) and were half an inning away from an unblemished record. In the first game against the host Voles, White River came out striking with 13 runs on 18 hits over the first three frames in route to a 17-5 victory. Red 2 went 5-for-5 while Red 1 and Sarge each went 4-for-5 as each batter collected at least two hits. Digger doubled for the only extra base hit by the travellers in this match.

In the second game, the Lemont Quarrymen hit two home runs into the perimeter foliage in the final half inning to dramatically erase an eight run deficit resulting in a 16-16 tied game. The first cannon shot, with three hands on the bases, went over the outstretched hands of Red 2 by a few inches and could not be located in the rough before the tallies were recorded reducing the margin to a single run. A second home-run tied it but the Men in Wool then composed themselves to record the final two outs in avoiding defeat. Similar to the first game, each White River player hit safely at least twice with Moose going 5-for-5, Scooter 4-for-4 and Southpaw 4-for-5. Sarge doubled and tripled, Digger clubbed two more doubles and Red 1 and Red 2 each doubled once. Despite the higher score over 7-innings, both teams played outstanding defence throughout the match emphasizing the quality of batting exhibited in this exciting affair.

The final game of the afternoon with Deep River Grinders ended in an 8-4 White River victory. A long two-run home-run gave the Grinders the early lead, but four runs in the third punctuated by a Stilts home-run and back-to-back doubles by Sarge and Southpaw keyed White River's come from behind win against the fellow Hoosiers club. The Scooter-Digger battery induced several critical foul ticks to squash Grinder uprisings and preserve narrow WR leads. Five White River batters recorded three hits in this game.

Throughout the afternoon this group of WR infielders, not familiar playing with one another in this set-up, was sharp - Razor at 3rd, Southpaw at short, Moose at 2nd and Sarge at 1st. The outfielders, Red 1, Red 2 and Stilts, patrolled the spacious pitch effectively. Scooter hurled 16 of the 17 total innings earning both wins and the tie. Digger caught at least 9 foul ticks and a couple of pop-ups.

Thanks to Southpaw, Red 1 and Red 2 for joining us at this event, the host Voles for the organization and the post game meal, the umpires, the fanatics for cheering everyone on. This is an event our club enjoys very much and we look forward to participating again. With its record now at 5-12-1, White River will next play at Strawtown Koteewi Park on Saturday, 28-Aug-2021 hosting the Voles in an 1886 overhand game at 1:00. Additionally, several White River players will be joining the Blues this Saturday in Sweetser, Ind. for a game in celebration of the town's Sesquicentennial at 2:00 p.m.

Action from the 2018 Uncle Joe Jamboree (Photo credit: Vermilion Voles)

White River Base Ball 14-Aug-2021 Games Re-cap at Uncle Joe Jamboree

A beautiful summer day on a picturesque field with four good natured teams, engaged fanatics and a moving tribute by W**d Eater to his fallen Voles comrade, Razor, summed up what makes historic base ball special - and all of this occurred before the first ball of the day was hurled to a batter. Such was the setting this past Saturday at the 14th Uncle Joe Cannon Jamboree hosted by the Vermilion Voles at Kennekuk Meadows outside Danville, Ill. The Lemont Quarrymen, the Deep River Grinders and the White River BBC joined the Voles for three games each of 1858 base ball.

For White River, the icing on the cake was three well played games in which they tied with the Quarrymen for best record of the day (2-0-1) and were half an inning away from an unblemished record. In the first game against the host Voles, White River came out striking with 13 runs on 18 hits over the first three frames in route to a 17-5 victory. Red 2 went 5-for-5 while Red 1 and Sarge each went 4-for-5 as each batter collected at least two hits. Digger doubled for the only extra base hit by the travellers in this match.

In the second game, the Lemont Quarrymen hit two home runs into the perimeter foliage in the final half inning to dramatically erase an eight run deficit resulting in a 16-16 tied game. The first cannon shot, with three hands on the bases, went over the outstretched hands of Red 2 by a few inches and could not be located in the rough before the tallies were recorded reducing the margin to a single run. A second home-run tied it but the Men in Wool then composed themselves to record the final two outs in avoiding defeat. Similar to the first game, each White River player hit safely at least twice with Moose going 5-for-5, Scooter 4-for-4 and Southpaw 4-for-5. Sarge doubled and tripled, Digger clubbed two more doubles and Red 1 and Red 2 each doubled once. Despite the higher score over 7-innings, both teams played outstanding defence throughout the match emphasizing the quality of batting exhibited in this exciting affair.

The final game of the afternoon with Deep River Grinders ended in an 8-4 White River victory. A long two-run home-run gave the Grinders the early lead, but four runs in the third punctuated by a Stilts home-run and back-to-back doubles by Sarge and Southpaw keyed White River's come from behind win against the fellow Hoosiers club. The Scooter-Digger battery induced several critical foul ticks to squash Grinder uprisings and preserve narrow WR leads. Five White River batters recorded three hits in this game.

Throughout the afternoon this group of WR infielders, not familiar playing with one another in this set-up, was sharp - Razor at 3rd, Southpaw at short, Moose at 2nd and Sarge at 1st. The outfielders, Red 1, Red 2 and Stilts, patrolled the spacious pitch effectively. Scooter hurled 16 of the 17 total innings earning both wins and the tie. Digger caught at least 9 foul ticks and a couple of pop-ups.

Thanks to Southpaw, Red 1 and Red 2 for joining us at this event, the host Voles for the organization and the post game meal, the umpires, the fanatics for cheering everyone on. This is an event our club enjoys very much and we look forward to participating again. With its record now at 5-12-1, White River will next play at Strawtown Koteewi Park on Saturday, 28-Aug-2021 hosting the Voles in an 1886 overhand game at 1:00. Additionally, several White River players will be joining the Blues this Saturday in Sweetser, Ind. for a game in celebration of the town's Sesquicentennial at 2:00 p.m.

Action from the 2018 Uncle Joe Jamboree (Photo credit: Vermilion Voles)

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