The Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association (CVBBA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 dedicated to the preservation of the history of 19th century base ball in Colorado, and the education of the public through demonstrations, workshops, lectures and living history performances in the form of matches.
The Association meticulously researches details of uniforms, equipment, lexicon and lifestyles in an effort to represent the sporting life in Colorado more than a century ago. Some teams that actually existed are recreated according to the best documentation available, with gaps filled by reasonable deduction from the progress of the sport outside the region.
Matches are played by rules representative of the earliest days of the game in Colorado, with a heavy emphasis on living history interpretation and ‘‘thespianism’’ to reflect the competitive spirit being tempered by Victorian ideals of gentlemanly and fair play. Prospective gentlemen and lady ballists (players) should be aware that the CVBBA is not a competitive league, and game results are always subordinate to its educational and entertainment goals.
The CVBBA is not only for ballists. A large number of civilian roles are utilized to carry off the full theatre of a late 1800s game: the umpire (who may tote a six-gun to maintain order and scare off the occasional coyote), tally-keeper, reporters, politicians, society ladies, suffragists, abolitionists and a host of cranks (spectators) are fully integrated into the show, and encouraged to make their presence felt.
Vintage base ball is a relatively inexpensive hobby to become involved with. Uniforms can be obtained for $125 to $200, and costumes for cranks can be even less expensive. Most activities are easily concluded on a weekend afternoon, but for the adventurous, several overnight trips throughout the region are also planned every season. There are functions for every member of the family, and what better way is there to spend a leisurely day than with your family, enjoying the national pastime the way it was meant to be played!
The 2017 Season is underway, and "Bucky" Biwer has busy been documenting
current affairs. Click HERE to follow his commentary and photos.
2017 Bisbee, Arizona
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CVBBA players represented on
2014 Phish Fuego CD Cover Art
PHOTO: S.K. WIER ARTIST: PACO POMET
From Left to Right:
"Swede" Peterson - "Rube" Foster - "Colorado" Phelan - "Suds" Knezevich - "Fearless" Foster - "Cyclone" Erickson
Rendition of original photo from 2012 Heritage Fair, FT. Lupton, Colorado
~ $35 for an Individual ~
~ $50 for a Family Membership ~
*** Any current member in good standing is eligible to receive a $10 credit towards next years membership fee for recruiting new members! (You can recruit up to 5 to offset your "Family Membership", NO money will be transfered to following years.) ***
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CVBBA Watering Hole
4381 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020