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The Broomfielder

Batter-Up! Vintage Baseball Comes to Broomfield

Aug 31, 2019 06:58AM
By Bette Erickson

Broomfielders, are you ready for some wholesome, all-American fun? Look no further
than Saturday, September 14 at Broomfield’s Depot Museum when you can enjoy the
annual vintage baseball game courtesy of the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association
(CVBBA).

Preserving the heritage of 19th   Century baseball in Colorado , the CVBBA league game
will be played by the InterOeans of Caῇon City and the D & RG Reds of Colorado
Springs. Each team has between 9 and 15 players.

Every summer, baseball enthusiasts from across the Front Range come together to turn
back the clock — waaaay back — to play the game under the rules, and in the spirit, of the
game in its infancy – think Civil War era baseball. Following the 1864 rules of play,
participants show up with baseball bats of their choosing, wearing no protective gear, and
other anomalies not seen in today’s regulation play.

While the CVBBA players most likely won’t give demonstrations to Broomfield
attendees, the organization is always looking for new members who would like to
participate in future games, explained Tara Templeman, As Broomfield’s Arts and
History Manager and curator of the Depot Museum. Templeman works tirelessly to grow
the museum’s programming and if you’ve been to the museum lately, you’ve seen the
results of her efforts.

The Depot Museum will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14
during the baseball game. There is no cost to tour the museum.

“The Broomfield Depot Museum is branching out from trains,” Templeman wrote via
email. “Join us as we remember the start of "America's pastime" by watching a game played by 1864 rules. The two teams will come wearing historically accurate uniforms
and play without protective gear such as gloves and masks. The bats used will also be a
variety of shapes, which adds to the entertainment value. This event is not just for
baseball lovers. We will also have Cracker Jack's and other snacks available for a
donation.”

The event is open to the public, although attendees should note that there’s no shade at
the nearby ballfield. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs for seating and an umbrella
is a good idea too. Children 12-years-old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
While the vintage baseball game is free, donations are accepted and will be used for future
programming. Snacks will available for a donation.
The game is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Zang Spur Park Ballfield, at 10 th  Ave. and
Depot Hill Rd. in Broomfield.

For more information contact Broomfield’s Art and History Manager, Tara Templeman at
303-460-6824.