MEDIA

At each Vintage 9 Founation event, the participing Legends look forward to visiting with media as they are committed to sharing the history of our national pasttime, increasing awareness for vital charities, and supporting our incredible sponsors.  Below is a sampling of broadcast and print media from past events.

 

Are you a journalist, blogger, reporter, writer, TV or radio host, or other member of the media?  Would you like to schedule an in-person or call-in interview with the Legends of previous or upcoming Vintage Showdowns?

Former Pros Put on a Show!

MLB.com - September 6, 2013

SANTA CLARA, California -- The Santa Clara Stogies beat the Bay Area Bootleggers, 9-6, on Saturday, Aug. 17, in Santa Clara, Calif., in the Vintage World Series, one of seven games full of former Major Leaguers, run by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and Vintage 9 Foundation, based entirely on baseball rules from 1886. (A glossary can be found here.)...

Vintage Base Ball World Series Turns Back the Clock Over 100 Years

Santa Clara Weekly - August 19, 2013

SANTA CLARA, California -- With strikers (batters) belting bug bruisers (sharply hit grounders), daisy cutters (routine grounders) and line drives, former big leaguers Fred Breining, Dmitri Young, Mark Whiten, Mike Felder, Larry Collura, Mike Remlinger, Dante Mathis and Brian Hunter were among those entering a time warp, bringing base ball (originally two words) played the way it was over 125 years ago to the Vintage Base Ball World Series at historic Washington Park in Santa Clara August 16-18...

Vintage ballplayers -- and a Few 'Legends' - Turn Back Clock in Santa Clara

San Jose Mercury News - August 17, 2013

SANTA CLARA, California -- Fred Breining saw no need to study arcane regulations such as the Ginger Rule or the Hurler's Box.But one part of the antique baseball rule book caught his eye."Oh, yeah, my favorite one is that you can hit a guy seven times before he takes his base,'' the former Giants pitcher said. "I would have loved to have had that rule." ...

The Vintage World Series & Youth Clinic

Eventful.com - August 17, 2013

SANTA CLARA, California -- Former Major Leaguers will be back on the diamond… but not in a regular baseball game. They are teaming up with top amateurs from around the country to square off in a tournament using all of the equipment, uniforms, rules, and traditions from 125 years ago! Gloves with no padding or webbing, doctored pitches that are all legal, hidden ball tricks, no balk or infield fly rules, movable flour sacks for bases, no taking 1st when hit by a pitch, gentlemen’s calls, and much, MUCH more! ...

Santa Clara Hosts 2013 Legends of Baseball Vintage World Series

San Jose Mercury News - August 17, 2013

SAN JOSE, California -- Former MLB players join in the action as the Santa Clara Stogies play the Amador County Crushers in the 2013 Legends of Baseball Vintage World Series at Washington Park in Santa Clara, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Vintage 9 Foundation sponsors the games to raise money for children’s charities as vintage baseball teams play baseball as it was played in the 1880s...

Huzzah! Santa Clara Hosts the Vintage Baseball World Series

PBS - August 16, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- It may only be the middle of August, but the World Series is coming to the Bay Area this weekend. The 2013 Legends of Baseball Vintage World Series, that is. It’s a trip back to 1886 when baseball was written as two words, umpires wore top hats, players wore woolen knickerbockers and the fans, or “cranks” as they were known, shouted “Huzzah!” instead of “Woo!” or “Awesome!” when they saw a great play...

2013 Vintage World Series

San Fancisco Chronicle - August 16, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- Before you think, “Oh jeez, not a bunch of old guys playing baseball”, this event is different! The Vintage 9 Foundation & MLB Alumni Assoc. turn the clock back 125+ years to bring you baseball played with all the rules & equipment circa 1886! Some of the most talented players from across the country wearing old fashioned style base ball knickers, wielding heavy bats, catching with web-less mitts, abiding by gentlemen's rules. It's fast, exciting, & unpredictable!! COME JOIN IN THE FUN! ...

Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and Vintage 9 to Host Legends For Youth Clinic and Celebrity Baseball Tournament in Santa Clara

news.com - August 14, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado -- The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and the Vintage 9 Foundation will be hosting a Legends for Youth Clinic and celebrity baseball tournament to benefit the Junior Giants of Santa Clara and the Vintage 9 Foundation. The event, taking place on August 16th through August 18th, 2013 , will feature 9 retired MLB All-Stars, former Giants and Athletics, World Series champions, and MVPs...

MLB Legends Coming to Town!

93.5 KRTY Hot Country FM - August 10, 2013

Major League Baseball legends are coming to town this weekend to raise money for children in need!  Giants and A’s greats, such as Kevin Mitchell and Vida Blue, will be giving a FREE youth clinic to all Bay Area kids on Friday at 3:30pm.  They will then be competing for the 2013 Vintage World Series title—using all the rules, uniforms, and equipment from the 1880s!  7 Games, Teams, 1 Pennant! 

Sports Shorts: Vintage Baseball World Series Coming to Washington Park

Silicon Valley Newspapers - August 7, 2013

PALO ALTO, California -- The 2013 Legends of Baseball Vintage World Series will be held Aug. 16-18 at historic Washington Park in Santa Clara. Teams will use the equipment, wear the uniforms and play by the rules and traditions of 125 years ago...

Past MLB Stars Don 1880’s Uniforms for Vintage Game

AZ Central Sports - November 6, 2012

PHOENIX, Arizona -- Rollie Fingers held up the baseball glove he would be using later that night in an old-timers’ game at Tempe Diablo Stadium and the Hall of Famer literally shuddered.

 

“It looks like a dang gardening glove, don’t it?” Fingers asked...

Tempe Vintage Baseball Game Lets Players Party Like it’s 1887

East Valley Tribune - October 30, 2012

PARADISE VALLEY, Arizona -- A larger than normal ball (known back in the late 1800s as a “lemon-peel ball”); a leather, workman-like glove lacking in padding; rules conjured up — and put in play — some 125 years ago.  With equipment he wasn’t used to and a set of rules that turned back to the clock to 1887, former San Francisco Giants sluggler Kevin Mitchell thought he would for sure be on the receiving end of a few lumps when he took field at Tempe Diablo Stadium Sunday...

Cooperstown Comes to Life

MSBLNational.com - October 28, 2012

A select group of MSBL players, chosen from an auction that supports children's charities, will take on the Legends. Players will be clad in circa 1870 uniforms complete with the pill box hats, and rules from the early days of the game. Randall Swearingen, a 59 year old software company owner and Houston MSBL'er, cast a winning auction bid and now will be the starting pitcher in the gave versus the Legends. "Yes, playing the Legends and using all of the old equipment, including old fashioned gloves, was a big draw. But they are volunteering their time and raising money for children's charities while helping the kids learn more about baseball history. It was a no-brainer for me,” explained Swearingen...

 

MSBL/MABL World Series and Trade Show

The Daily News Show - October 28, 2012

PHOENIX, Arizona -- LIVE Broadcast of the MSBL/MABL 25th Anniversary World Series and Trade Show from Tempe Arizona at the Tempe Diablo Stadium and Complex...

A "Different" Game

Recordnet.com - July 5, 2012

STOCKTON, California -- Fans were treated to an afternoon of baseball, where the clock rolled back to the year 1886. The umpire was referred to as "Sir," it took seven balls for the batter to be issued a walk and the mitts looked like Isotoner gloves compared to what's used today...

Baseball Legends Celebrate Fourth of July

NBC - July 5, 2012

SACRAMENTO, California -- Baseball legends played a vintage game at Ports stadium in Stockton for the Fourth of July...

Ballpark Returns to 1880s

Recordnet.com - July 3, 2012

STOCKTON, California -- Bert Campaneris, Steve Sax, Cecil Fielder, Kevin Mitchell and Lee Smith are some of the former major league players expected to participate in the Legends of Baseball Vintage Showdown on Wednesday at Stockton Ballpark...

Legends of Base Ball in Stockton

BallPark Business - July 3, 2012

GRANITE FALLS, Minnesota -- Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Single-A Stockton Ports (California League), will host the third Legends of Baseball Vintage Showdown on Wednesday, July 4.  Former big leaguers and members of the California Vintage Base Ball Federation will don uniforms and use equipment from the 1880s.  The previous two games have been played in San Jose (CA) and Frisco (TX)...

Legends of Base Ball Vintage Showdown

ABC News10 - June 30, 2012

The Vintage 9 Foundation, a national, non-profit organization and the Stockton Ports are proud to bring a unique event to Banner Island Ballpark. On July 4th, the Legends of Baseball Vintage Showdown is coming to Stockton! Having been in San Jose and Frisco, Texas, this is quite and honor for the city of Stockton...

Legends of Base Ball Vintage Showdown

by Wil Bloodworth - April 30, 2011

DENVER, Colorado -- On Saturday, April 30th 2011, I had the priviledge of shooting the Legends of Baseball Vintage Showdown" in Frisco, Texas at Dr. Pepper Park where the Frisco RoughRiders play. Major League Baseball legends came together to play baseball according to the rules as they were set in 1886. The rules, gloves, uniforms, bats, and even hand-stitched balls were all recreated as they had existed in the 1880’s...

Joe Lorenzini's Portfolio

Sports Shooter - April 30, 2011

COPPELL, Texas -- The Legends of Baseball Vintage Showdown featuring retired MLB stars and play using rules and equipment from the 1800's...

Game Features 20 Former Big Leaguers

EON - April 18, 2011

DALLAS, Texas -- Join hands with us – a coalition of professional athletes, executives and professors who are saying "ENOUGH!" It's time to dig in, get in the batter's box, and take responsibility for the health of our children...

Legends Coming to Dr. Pepper Ballpark

RidersBaeball.com - April 18, 2011

FRISCO, Texas -- The Frisco RoughRiders today announced that they have teamed up with the GET IN THE BOX Foundation to host the Legends of Baseball Vintage Showdown at Dr Pepper Ballpark on April 30th at 1:30 p.m...

Legends of Base Ball Vintage Showdown Coming to Dr. Pepper Ballpark

The Free Library - April 18, 2011

FRISCO, Texas -- The GET IN THE BOX Foundation and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association are presenting the Legends of Baseball Vintage Showdown at Dr Pepper Ballpark on April 30th at 1:30 p.m. Former big leaguers will play a vintage baseball game with equipment and rules similar to what was used in 1880. Notable participants include pitchers Rollie Fingers and Lee Smith, outfielders Dante Bichette and Bernie Williams, catcher Jim Sundberg and first baseman Jack Clark...

Jeff Kent and Brady Anderson Play Old-Time

Walk Off Walk - October 19, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- This past weekend, two of our best and brightest commenters decided to attend a very special event out on the West Coast. Farthammer and Phillas were kind enough to document their trip to see some former big league stars participate in an old-timey baseball exhibition game. If you've ever wondered what Kevin Maas was up to, here's your chance to find out...

In Vintage Baseball Game, Big Talent Trumps Small Gloves

San Jose Mercury News - October 17, 2009

SAN JOSE, California -- The pinstripes on their uniforms bent in the middle a little more than they had 30 or 40 years ago, when they were the most terrifying pitchers on the Bay Area's two major league baseball teams. Before Saturday's inaugural Legends of Baseball Vintage Showdown at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, Vida Blue, Gaylord Perry and Rollie Fingers sat Buddha-like in the dugout. Two MVP and four Cy Young Awards just sitting around talking 19th century baseball...

Dartmouth Alumni Assocation Sponsors the Legends of Base Ball

Smug Mug - October 17, 2009

SAN JOSE, California -- On a Saturday afternoon, the inaugural game of Legends of Baseball Vintage Showdown was held in San Jose, CA. The Legends played the Stogies of the Vintage Base Ball Federation. The playing was with rules and equipment in use in 1886, which included seven balls to get a base on balls, fielding a foul ball on one bounce is an out, and no penalty for a pitcher hitting a batter with the ball. The players used period-appropriate gear including rather small fielder's mitts for those not bare-handing it. At the end of the day, the Legends prevailed over the Stogies 16 to 15...

Saturday 'ball game' in San Jose May Be a Throwback ... to 1886

San Jose Mercury News - October 15, 2009

SAN JOSE, California -- Major League Baseball clubs have held their share of retro nights, but a group of former stars will give new meaning to turning back the clock Saturday at San Jose Municipal Stadium...

Vintage Baseball Exhibition at San Jose Municipal Stadium

Examiner.com - Ocotber 15, 2009

Fans of old-time baseball are in for a real treat Saturday when the inaugural Legends of Baseball Vintage Showdown takes place at San Jose Municipal Stadium. This is baseball the way it was originally played in the 1800’s, with baggy uniforms, huge bats, tiny gloves, trick pitches and umpires who encourage the fans to help settle controversial calls...

San Jose to Host Legends of Base Ball

MiLB.com - October 14, 2009

SAN JOSE, California -- San Jose Municipal Stadium will host the inaugural Legends of Baseball Vintage Showdown on Saturday, October 17th. Hall of Famers from the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association have teamed up with the California Vintage Base Ball Federation to participate in an exciting, first of its kind event...

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