In 1869, the Cincinnati Base Ball Club, led by Hall Of Famer Harry Wright, shocked the sporting world by becoming the first openly all-professional base ball nine. Dressed in knickerbockers with flashy crimson hosiery, the team became known as the Cincinnati Red Stockings.

The team barnstormed the nation coast-to-coast, challenging - and defeating - every base ball club it played that year. With their amazing 57-o record in 1869, the Red Stockings introduced America to the new game of base ball and put Cincinnati on the sporting map.

Today, the Cincinnati Red Stockings are re-introducing 1869 base ball to the Queen City and the Midwest, educating folks on a special time in baseball's history while entertaining fans of the game young and old. Their home field is at Heritage Village in Sharon Woods Park. Here at home, the game is played as faithfully as possible to 1869 rules and customs - barehanded fielding, uniforms and equipment generally made to the standards of the day, no leagues or champions, and much more. It is played by gentlemen with a true respect and appreciation for the game and its participants... the way baseball was meant to be played.

The Red Stockings also travel to play other vintage clubs. Most vintage base ball is played by rules used during the Civil War. This makes Heritage Village one of the very few places in the world where you can see base ball as the famous Cincinnati Red Stockings played it that fateful year of 1869.

We ask you to come out to Heritage Village this spring, summer or fall, to take in a game and experience base ball in 1869.

2016 Schedule

Red Stockings fall in the Trophy Ball Match
Cincinnati Buckeyes 20, Cincinnati Red Stockings 14

Dan Lyon Field was the site of the annual Trophy Ball match between the Cincinnati Red Stocking and the Cincinnati Buckeyes.

The Red Stockings jumped out to an early lead but the Buckeyes kept coming back then took the lead and held on to the end.

Another great match and a great day of vintage base ball.


Article submitted October 14, 2016


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