Team Captain: Pete "Barkeep" Reynolds

Webmaster: Mike "Hammy" Stankiewicz

We would like to share the history of base ball of the Vintage era by making these hyperlinks available:

Lyme Taverners on VBBA website

Rules of base ball - 1862

Feature article - Baltimore Sun - July 2011

History of modern baseball, 1840's

Article on Vintage Baseball at Colt Park, Hartford

Base balls used in 1860's

Base ball action at Colt Meadows in Hartford, CT from June of 2012.

Base ball feature article from June/July 2012 issue of

American Lifestyle Magazine

For a satirical but authentic view of 1860's ball, see Conan O'Brien's interview in Bethpage, New York:

Welcome to the newly formed Lyme Taverners Vintage Base ball website. Please check back frequently for information and updates about the History of Base ball, 1860's "Vintage" ball, and our team, the Taverners!  Please note the following "baseball slang" used during ball games played in the 1860's:

Aces: Runs.

Basetenders: Infielders who man first, second or third base.

Banjo hit: A weak fly ball that soars barely beyond the infielders.

Club nine: A "fieldable" team.

Cranks: Fans.

Daisy cutter: A well-hit ground ball.

Dead: A put out.

Hand out: Player out.

Hand: An out.

Hurler: Pitcher.

Huzzah: Hooray.

Match: A game.

Pill: The ball. 

Skirt: The resultant "ribbing" of an adult male ball player that allows an easily catchable fly ball to drop to ensure it is caught on 1 bounce. While this is  a legal out in 1860s baseball, adult gentlemen are expected to attempt a play to catch the pill on the fly. Failure to do so could result in chants of "skirt" from both clubs.

Side out: Three outs.

Tally: An ace, or run.

Other terminology and rules can be found here as well

Thank you for visiting!