Vintage baseball returns to Lexington on June 12

Bluegrass Barons to host Cincinnati Red Hall of Fame 1869 Red Stockings at Waveland Historic Site

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/PRESS RELEASE) – After three months of play all over Kentucky, the Bluegrass Barons Vintage Base Ball Club finally returns home to Lexington for the Waveland Cup on Sunday, June 12. The Bluegrass Barons will play a double header against the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame 1869 Red Stockings starting at 1:00 p.m.

The “Waveland Cup” is the fourth leg of the Bluegrass Barons’ “Tour of the Commonwealth” this year, which visited Auburn, Perryville and Carlisle, Ky. The “Tour of the Commonwealth” is part of the Bluegrass Barons’ efforts to showcase the vintage baseball game to Kentucky communities. Admission to the Waveland Cup is free and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic.

The Bluegrass Barons have played at Waveland since their inception in 2015. They play by the rules of baseball in 1869. Pitchers must throw underhandedly and defenders must play with their bare hands, as gloves weren’t allowed until much later. Teams wear 1870s style uniforms and games recreate the way baseball was originally played.

Sponsored by the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, the 1869 Red Stockings recreated the first professional baseball team. The Red Stockings and the Barons have been rivals for many years, and Sunday’s Waveland Cup will be the first time they meet this season.

While vintage baseball teams play for the love of the game, the competitive spirit is alive and well as both teams do their best to win. Crowds are entertained by the excitement of bare-knuckle baseball that honors the game’s gentlemanly traditions.

The Waveland State Historic Site is home to the Bluegrass Barons Vintage Base Ball Club. It is the former home of Daniel Boone Bryan, a descendant of pioneer Daniel Boone. The mansion was built between 1844 and 1848 and has been part of Kentucky State Parks since 1957. Waveland is located at 225 Waveland Museum Lane, Lexington, KY, 40514.

The Bluegrass Barons are 5-0 this season, winning the “Battle in the South Cup” and the “Battle of Perryville Cup” along the way. The Barons have a lifetime record of 104-51 in seven vintage baseball seasons, and they were honored to be included by author Audra Meighan in her 2020 book. 100 things to do in Lexington before you die. The Bluegrass Barons are sponsored by Quantrell Automotive Group. For more information about the Bluegrass Barons, visit the Bluegrass Barons on Facebook or email [email protected].

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