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“Take Me Out To The Ball Game…”

Wait! Not Fenway Park! Not Yankee Stadium! Take Me To Vintage Baseball At Colt Meadows!

Last summer, my husband and I saw our first Vintage Baseball games and we had a blast. We attended on Boost Hartford Day and saw Billy Barnie’s Blue Boys play The Charter Oaks of Hartford according to 1860’s rules (no gloves) and the Hartford Senator’s play the Springfield Wheelmen according to 1880’s rules. We brought our lawn chairs, refreshments, and enjoyed the day at Colt Meadows. Food and refreshments were available at the vintage concession stand – soda pop, hot dogs, and more. Best of all, admission and parking were free! Vintage baseball – local, affordable, and for fans of all ages!

Games expanded to weekly play!

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The 2011 season of the Coltsville Vintage Base Ball League will begin on Saturday, April 30th at 10:30am and run through the middle of October, with back-to-back games of 1860s-era baseball that run 9 innings each. All games are FREE, fun, educational and family friendly. Bring your lawn chairs, blanket, picnic lunch and sunscreen for a great time. Check out the downloadable season schedule for dates and teams.

The Alert Fire Hose Company Joins the Coltsville Vintage Baseball LeagueThe Alert Fire Hose Company Vintage Base Ball Team

This season, a fourth team will be added to the Coltsville Vintage Base Ball League. The Alert Fire Hose Company is the historical name of a team that consisted of Hartford firefighters who played other local teams in Bushnell Park in the 1860s. While the modern team may not be all firefighters, its captain is a 25-year veteran of the force.

Please visit Friends of Vintage Baseball for more information on Coltsville’s four Vintage Baseball teams.

There are a few open slots on  The Charter Oak of Hartford, Billy Barnie’s Blue Boys and The Nutmeg BBC. Recruitment is going on now for anyone interested in playing on one of Coltsville teams. A recruitment session will also be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 10am-12pm at the Dutch Point Community Center in Hartford .  

Baseball is America’s favorite pastime. Roll back the clock and enjoy the game the way it was played in the 19th century. “For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out, at the old ball game.” I hope to see you at the ball games.

Maria Hagan

Prudential Connecticut Realty
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Wethersfield, CT 06109
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