April 6, 2019
The WRBBC is a dedicated group of volunteer historians in Indianapolis, Indiana that recreate and educate about historic base ball of the mid-to-late 19th century.
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 with rules randing from 1858 to 1916. For more Information, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/whiteriverbaseballclub,
April 6, 2019
Strawtown Koteewi Park and The Taylor Center of Natural History
Tomorrow, April 6th, come root for our local team, the White River Baseball Club, as they take on Belle River during a vintage baseball match!
Game time is at 1 pm; meet and greet is at 12 pm.
Snacks will be available. Bring your own lawn chairs!
12305 Strawtown Avenue, Noblesville
1800s Oshkosh baseball player Hoy was deaf and, some say, invented umpire hand signals
William Hoy, a deaf baseball player from Ohio, is said to have created baseball hand signals. He got his start in Oshkosh in the late 1800s.
White River will play an 1886 National League game against the Indianapolis Blues at Srawtown Koteewi Park tomorrow, Saturday September 29. First pitch will be at 12-noon.
A gallery of photos from Saturday at the 40th annual Strassenfest.
Come join us as the White River Base Ball Club will host the Vermilion Voles Vintage Base Ball Club in an 1886-rules base ball game at Strawtown Koteewi Park and The Taylor Center of Natural History Saturday, June 30 at 12pm. The game will be a historic recreation of baseball as it was played by local teams in the late 19th Century.
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Imagine what players from the 1870s would think if they saw fingers on today's gloves #WaybackWednesday #FingersAreOverratedAnyway
1860s tournament at Huntingburg's League Stadium today. White River BBC with games at 1:30 and 3pm!
White River BBC will play in an Indianapolis team tournament in Huntingburg's historic League Stadium on Saturday, September 16. The Indianapolis Blues, Indianapolis Hoosiers, and White River will play a round robin tournament beginning at noon.
A good day of 1858 rules base ball today near Danville, Illinois. White River topped the Deep River Grinders 11-9, fought to a 10-10 tie with the Elkhart County Railroaders, and then fell in the final to the host Vermilion Voles Vintage Base Ball Club 13-3.Thanks to the Voles for hosting us, and we'll see you soon for the 1886 game.
Our games with Batesville Lumbermen have officially been rained out today. We'll look to reschedule soon.
The White River Base Ball Club travels to Batesville today for a doubleheader of 1864 rules games. First game begins at 1:30.
Thanks to Old World Wisconsin for hosting us today in our 1870 rules match against the Eagle Diamonds. A closely played game and a wonderful day!
Take the field at Old World Wisconsin this weekend to swing a replica bat, play the field, and watch the Eagle Diamonds Base Ball club play a historic game of base ball.
Fun, family-friendly, hands-on activities all weekend long!
White River let our first game at West Baden slip away in a steady rain Saturday afternoon. Today, we rallied to a close game, falling just short against the St. Louis Unions in the first game, and held off a surging Batesville Lumbermen team to win the final game off the weekend 11-7. Another wonderful weekend at West Baden.
After a wet start, a wonderful afternoon and finish to the tournament at West Baden Springs this weekend. Thank you to West Baden Springs Hotel, Belleville Stags Vintage Base Ball Club,
St. Louis Unions, and Batesville Lumbermen.
With a very wet morning expected tomorrow, the West Baden Springs tournament schedule has been updated. White River will play Saturday at 1pm, and Sunday at 12pm and 2pm.
West Baden Base Ball Tournament this weekend, September 17-18 in French Lick.
By Joy Neighbors Dateline: Summer 1910 - 1916 Lee Sinclair Baseball Diamond Inside Track Around the turn of the 20...
White River played a friendly game at Pilgrim Lutheran Church Saturday in Carmel. It was a little soggy, buy a good game. White River is in West Baden for the annual tournament is this coming weekend.
White River is playing two matches with the Indianapolis Blues tomorrow as a part of Jasper's Strassenfest. The games are at the Schroeder Soccer Complex, 405 W Second St, Jasper, Indiana.
The games are at 11:00 a.m. (1864 rules) and 2:00 p.m. (1886 rules.)
The Strassenfest website shows our games at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and Jasper is on Eastern Daylight Time (Indy time zone).
Noblesville Times article on Saturday's match with Batesville Lumbermen.
Happy Moonlight Graham Day. On this date in 1905, Archibald "Moonlight" Graham played in his only game for the New York Giants. He came in to play RF as a defensive substitution. He never batted.
White River BBC demonstrates 1916 Baseball for the Indiana State Park centennial.
Ouabache State Park recreated a 1916 baseball game to celebrate Indiana State Park’s Centennial.
White River will enter the 20th century for the first time as we recreate a 1916 dead ball game tomorrow as part of Ouabache (Wabash) State Park's Indiana Bicentennial celebration. Come watch the White River Base Ball Club join members of the DNR matching up against a team from Bluffton Sunday at 3pm.
White River Base Ball Club will be extending our reach into the 20th Century for the first time in a 1916 demonstration game at Ouabache State Park on May 15.
SABR Indianapolis - Oscar Charleston Chapter
Saturday, January 30th, marks the nation-wide celebration of SABR Day. The Society for American Baseball Research's Oscar Charleston Chapter, based in Central Indiana, will gather from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Irvington Public Library, 5635 East Washington Street, in Indianapolis for an old-fashioned hot-stove session.
The meeting, open to the public, will feature presentations by:
Dr. Peter Bjarkman, a Cuban baseball historian and travel writer from West Lafayette, Ind., and the author of more than three dozen books. Dr. Bjarkman will provide an overview of the Cuban Defector Phenomenon, set against US-Cuba Cold War policies. His next book, Cuba's Baseball Defectors: The Inside Story of Major League Baseballs Hottest Issue. will be published this year by Rowman and Littlefield.
David Bohmer will discuss the early life of Ford Frick. Frick (1894-1978), a native of Wawaka, Ind., was a Depauw University graduate who served as president of the National League from 1934-1951 and as Major League Baseball commissioner from 1951-1965. A retired DePauw professor, David taught a seminar course on Baseball as History. He currently lives in Maple City, Mich., and is working on a biography of Frick.
Pete Cava and Dan O'Brien will talk about the Duggan family of Johnson County. Elmer Duggan appeared in one big-league game in 1911. While compiling research for Cava's recently-published book, Indiana-Born Major League Baseball Players, the pair learned that Elmer wasn't the only professional athlete in the Duggan family, baseball wasn't their only sport, and the best-known Duggan is still seen on TV channels like Turner Classic Movies, and in re-runs like M*A*S*H.
Capping off the session, former major leaguer Dyar Miller will do a Q&A with noted TV personality and columnist Reid Duffy. Miller, a native of Batesville, Ind., pitched for the Orioles, Angels, Blue Jays and Mets from 1975-1981, compiling a 23-17 record and a 3.23 ERA. A coach/instructor since 1985 for the Cardinals, White Sox, Tigers and Indians, Miller will serve this year as pitching coach for the Astros' Triple-A affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League. Miller is a member of the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2007.
Anyone planning to attend is asked to notify Oscar Charleston Chapter chairman Noel Fliss ([email protected])
The Oscar Charleston Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research will take part in a nation-wide celebration of SABR Day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, at The Irvington Public Library, 5635 East Washington Street, Indianapolis.
Join us for an old-fashioned Hot Stove League session featuring presentations, an interview and a trivia quiz. More details will follow at our page at www.facebook.com/SABRIndy or follow us on Twitter under @SABR_Indy.
Please RSVP to SABR Indy's Noel Fliss at [email protected]
The Oscar Charleston Chapter is the Indianapolis chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR.)
Come to the Indiana Historical Society Holiday Author Fair this Saturday from noon to 4pm. Our own "Sarge" Patrick O'Brien will be signing copies of his book.
Pluto in the Valley: the History of the French Lick Springs Hotel
by Patrick O’Brien
A comprehensive history of the legendary French Lick Springs Hotel, this book contains hundreds of images. It covers early gambling, the hotel’s struggles to stay afloat and how it was saved by the Cook family
It's our favorite event of the year!
Despite what you may have heard, the Cubs and Cardinals have in fact faced each other in the postseason before.
This year's National League Divisional Series is a rematch of the 1886 World's Championship Series between the National League's Chicago club, then called the White Stockings, and the American Association Club from St. Louis, then called the Browns. St. Louis would move to the National League in 1892 when the League reorganized.
St. Louis won the series four games to two.
White River Base Ball Club's cover photo
French Lick Resort Vintage Base Ball Tournament
8.1.2015 Jasper Strassenfest
White River BBC in Jasper, IN, August 1, 2015. via Dubois County Herald.
Road Trip! White River will be playing two games in Jasper, Indiana Saturday as a part of Jasper's Strassenfest. First game starts at 11am. The first game will be played under the rules of 1864 (bound game.) The second game 1867 (fly-game in fair territory.)
Local Terre Haute news mentioned our game last night.
Fans transported back in time to enjoy a game of baseball, like it was played in the post civil war days.
A member of the Danville Dons tries out some of the 1886 White River gear.
Some members of the Terre Haute Rex join in with White River before the game today.
White River will host the Vermilion Voles in an 1886 game at 5pm Saturday, July 18, on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium, 931 N 1st St, Terre Haute. At 7pm, the Terre Haute Rex of the Prospect League will take over and play the Danville Dans.
July 18 Vintage Base Ball Game before Rex host Danville Dans
REX Baseball and the Vigo County Historical Museum will present a Vintage Base Ball Game on July 18 on the Bob Warn Field at 931 N. First St. in Terre Haute. Fans will be transported back to a game the way it was played in the post-Civil War days.
Author Talk and Book Signing — Indiana Historical Society
Big Sam Thompson
White River fell to the Batesville Lumbermen twice today under 1864 rules, but always good to see them. We'll match up under 1886 rules at Strawtown Koteewi in August.
White River in the road today in Batesville for two 1864 rules games.
The "Hoosier Thunderbolt"
“You can’t hit ‘em if you can’t see ’em.” said Hall of Famer John McGraw about hitting against Amos Rusie’s pitching.
For those who are interested in baseball research, check out the new page for the Indianapolis Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) at SABR Indianapolis - Oscar Charleston Chapter. Like the page to know about chapter events in central Indiana.
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