Team Captain of the Travellers of Brentwood Andy “the Professor” Finch shares insight on the allure of vintage baseball.
Josie Norris / USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee
Williamson County’s own Travellers Vintage Base Ball Club of Brentwood faced off against the Franklin Farriers as part of a doubleheader for the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball.
Established in 2012, the group was founded to “promote living history” and to “entertain and educate our communities by recreating the civility of 19th century base ball,” according to the association’s website.
The teams play following the rules of the game from 1864, including “no spittin’, no swearing, and no gloves,” according to the Travellers Vintage Base Ball Club of Brentwood’s Facebook page.
On the field, players go by creative nicknames like “Ginger,” “Meatball,” and “Chowdahead” as they play base ball – yes, it’s two words to them – in period-correct uniforms that left many players quite warm as the July sun beat down.
Andy “the Professor” Finch, captain of the Travellers of Brentwood, said the simplicity of the game is what draws him to it.
“I really like it because it gets back to the essence of the game,” said Finch, who also mentioned the friendly atmosphere between teams.
Despite Finch’s team’s efforts, the Franklin Farriers beat the Travellers of Brentwood.
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