BATAVIA, OH- What is presently known as America’s pastime will be brought to life in Clermont County next summer. The Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau in partnership with Olympic Fields has been awarded the 2021 National Showcase of Vintage Base Ball. The event is set to take place June 12-13, 2021 with games, event festivities and more.
What is Vintage Base Ball, you might ask? It is baseball presented as if being played by rules and customs from an earlier period in the sport’s history. A period accurate timeline and history celebrated with clubs and eras of baseball origins through the 1800’s. Games are typically played using rules and uniforms from the 1850’s, 1860’s and 1880’s.
“We could not be more excited to bring this unique event to Clermont County ,” states Lauren Baston Sales Director, Sports and Events at the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau, “The 2021 National Showcase of Vintage Base Ball will be the first of its kind hosted in the area and will bring together players, families, and the local community for a weekend of games, activities, and entertainment.”
The National Showcase is expected to bring in 40 teams from across the country, with about 15 players per team. In addition, nearly 500 spectators, family, friends, and fans are expected to line the field in attendance. An estimated 650 room nights will be used in Clermont County hotels creating an estimated $300,000 economic impact. Many local businesses will feel this positive impact including hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment and more as guests contribute to visitor spending.
Jeff Blom, President of Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau, looks forward to the positive impact this event will have in the county explaining, “The National Showcase of Vintage Base Ball will bring a wide variety of visitors to the county, a large majority who have never been to the area before. Team members and their families will be ready to explore our local attractions, restaurants, and shopping at our specialty stores. We are equally as thrilled to host them.”
Oaks of Locust Corner BBC and Moscow Monarchs BBC, both local clubs to Clermont County, will manage the 2021 National Showcase. This will be the first year for the event with the intention to host the showcase annually in Clermont County.
“I am extremely excited we have this opportunity to host this great event with the gracious help of our friends at the Clermont County Convention and Visitor Bureau and our wonderful hosting site Olympic Fields in Batavia,” said Jim Wilson, Event Manager. “Both clubs are extremely excited to host this event in our home community. There is so much to offer in beautiful Clermont County and surrounding areas we want to share with our vintage community,” he added.
Expect to see a few differences from tradition baseball today, including an underhand throw to the batter, or “striker,” the same way that a basketball referee offers up a jump ball to begin play. There will be no fences as base ball is mostly played in fields and green spaces, unlike the traditional dirt infields you see today. No gloves are used, and the ball can be played off one bounce.
“It is a great thing to step back in time for two reasons,” says Wilson. “First, going back in time to the games beginnings when it was played for exercise, leisure and love for the game. But also, to be able to go back to being the kid inside everyone once again. You will see a wide range of ages in our game,” he added.
Aside from enjoying America’s pastime, spectators will enjoy Cincinnati style food vendors, craft beer vendors, base ball and local merchants, live music and more at Olympic Fields.
“Olympic Fields is excited to partner with the CVB and Vintage Base Ball on this one-of-a-kind event here in Clermont County,” said Amy Vilardo, Event Manager at Olympic Fields. “In addition to base ball, we are working to provide excellent food trucks options, entertainment and more for participants and spectators. Mark your calendars for this original and authentic event,” she added.
To learn more about Vintage Base Ball and the 2021 National Showcase visit- www.vbba.org / www.locustcornerbbc.org