Ninth Annual Vintage Base Ball Game

August 4, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Eisenhower Presidential Library
200 S E 4th St
Abilene, KS 67410
Samantha Kenner

Take me out to the ball game–a vintage base ball game that is. Bring your family and friends for a free, fun outing Saturday, Aug. 4, on the campus of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, 200 SE 4th, Abilene.


This marks the ninth year the Victorian era base ball game has been held in Abilene. Catch the action at 1 p.m. when the “Abilene Iron Cutters” face the “Wichita Bull Stockings” of the Cowtown Vintage Base Ball Club. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and sunscreen.


The players don uniforms and use equipment similar to the 1860s era. The game is played using Victorian era rules, which are quite different from today’s game. For example, no gloves are used, outfielders can catch the ball on one bounce for an out and base stealing and sliding are prohibited. Crowd participation is highly encouraged and often impacts the rulings on the field, and, yes, “base ball” was two words back then, too!