LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) – Lexington has a new “base ball” team and Waveland State Historic Site will serve as the home field when play begins on Saturday, April 23.
A vintage team playing the 19th century version of “base ball,” the Bluegrass Barons will play other regional teams in the Vintage Base Ball Association.
The Barons got their start when Ben Clouse of Lexington saw a vintage game last year at Waveland. Clouse had just retired from playing softball for 32 years.
“I watched the game at Waveland and thought to myself ‘Gee, that looks fun,’’’ said Clouse, who works for a historical restoration company. “As soon as I got home I checked it out on the Internet.”
The players will wear period reproduction uniforms and play with equipment made to the standards of the period. They will use the rules, customs and terminology of baseball’s earliest days, creating an educational, historic and fun environment that anyone can enjoy.
The Lexington team, consisting of 15 players, has four home dates set for Waveland: April 23, May 22, Sept. 24 (doubleheader) and Oct. 8. Games start at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12 and 5 and under are free. Concessions will be available and guests can bring chairs to enjoy the game.
The team is sponsored by Kaufmann Properties, Phase IV Contractors Inc., Mann Sutton and McGee Insurance.
Waveland State Historic Site is an antebellum house on the edge of Lexington. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. with the last tour starting at 4 p.m. The site is closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission for the tours is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for students; children 6 and under are free.
Waveland is also available for weddings and other special events. For more information on the upcoming Waveland Derby Breakfast or Tea Tuesday at Waveland, go to our events page, http://parks.ky.gov/parks/historicsites/waveland/events.aspx.
For more information contact Charla Reed, 859-272-3611 or 859-619-8189.
Contact: Charla Reed, email@example.com
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov