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Vintage Base Ball Tournament

Contact: Angela Cato, Arts & Cultural Services |
Annual event scheduled for Oct. 5-6 at Cowtown
The Fifth Annual Kansas State Vintage Base Ball Tournament will be held Oct. 5-6 at Old Cowtown Museum. Five teams from throughout Kansas will be competing for the state title using 19th century rules and competing in period reproduction uniforms. Four games will be played throughout the day Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday’s games begin at 11 a.m. with the championship game scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Admission is $7.75 for adults and $6 for youth. Children under 4 and Museum members are admitted free. Cowtown is located at 1865 W. Museum Blvd.
The participating teams are: Hodgeman County Nine, Jetmore, Kan.; Wichita Bull Dozers; Wichita Red Stockings; Emporia White Stockings, Emporia, Kan.; and the Chase County Preservationists, Strong City, Kan. 
1860s-1870s vintage base ball (baseball was two words until The New York Times combined them in 1884) is an exciting and educational sport that promotes the history and grandeur of America’s pastime. The teams support their local communities and promote the State of Kansas with entertainment, sport and historical knowledge.
The Fifth Annual Kansas State Vintage Base Ball Tournament is presented by the Cowtown Vintage Base Ball Club with support by Cowtown, the Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Kansas Vintage Base Ball Association, Southern Kansas Dutch Oven Wranglers, the Phoenix Bats and Tucker’s BBQ of Valley Center.
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Established in 1952, Cowtown is one of the oldest living-history museums in the Midwest. The Museum preserves our community’s history by immersing visitors in experiences that represent life in Wichita from 1865 to 1880. Historic Wichita Cowtown Inc. works in partnership with the City of Wichita to enhance and further the Museum and its mission.     
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