The Cincinnati Red Stockings return, with full complement, to the Heart of Vintage Base Ball Tournament, which is recognized by many as the regional tournament for Southwest Ohio, Southeast Indiana, and Kentucky vintage base ball teams, playing by 1869 rules. And while the day, hosted by the Blackbottom 9, does end with a champion, the bigger highlight is the chance for all of our region’s teams to be at one event. The Red Stockings, bolstered with a few Buckeyes and Reapers last year, are the defending champions for this year’s tourney; a successful defense of their own, during their 150th anniversary celebration season, would be all the better!
The event typically begins at 10:00am and goes well into the afternoon, as several rounds of games are played. There is no admission to spectate the tournament, which is held at the soccer fields of Joyce Park, close to the Great Miami River. If you plan to spend the day there, it’s encouraged that you bring some seating and refreshments.