The Texas Vintage Base Ball Union is Here

Manager Bob Copus of the Barker Red Sox models his club's nifty looking 19th century uniforms. All four of our clubs dress for the games as though they just stepped out of a time machine.

Manager Bob Copus of the Barker Red Sox models his club’s nifty looking 19th century uniform. All four of our clubs dress for the vintage games as though they just stepped out of a time machine.

Nothing lives for long until its time comes, but it now looks as though the time has come for vintage base ball, an ancient 1860 rules version of baseball played without gloves or protective gear, is about to get its run-in-the-sun as a fall and spring league activity at the George Ranch State Park, near Sugar Land, starting this weekend.

… If the the creek “don’t” rise from all the convergence of rain in the forecast for this weekend.

Since our “Texas Vintage Base Ball Union” Opening Day first four games for scheduled for 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, we may get lucky with the latest Channel 2 prediction. Meteorologist Frank Billingsley is now saying that worst of three-day, 20 inches possible flood will not get started until about 3:00 PM this Saturday, Oct. 24th. If that materializes, and there is no significant earlier mist, we should be OK for our part in the George Ranch State Park’s annual fall “Texian Days” festival – a big show that will go on anyway, rain or shine. We should have a better take on those chances by Friday afternoon.

For now, we are on and looking forward to finally getting our Houston area vintage base ball play into league action for the first time. There has been a level of barnstorming play in our area since the now defunct Montgomery County Saw Dogs got things started in about 2007. Our Houston Babies, the reincarnation of Houston’s first 1888 professional base ball club started in 2008 – and the Katy Combine has been around since about 2011. Another club, the Richmond Giants, and the original Saw Dogs club are both now in states of ossified hibernation, or else, eternal rest, but two other new clubs, the Barker Red Sox and the Mo Town Strikers have arisen to make a four-team, round robin league schedule of 6 games to be played on three Saturdays on the two fields at George Ranch Park possible this fall.

The Clubs & Managers:

The Houston Babies are managed by Bob Dorrill;

The Barker Red Sox are managed by Bob Copus;

The Mo Town Strikers are managed by Bob Blair;

The Katy Combine is managed by Dave (Bob) and Tom (Bob) Flores.

Managerial Note. The Flores Brothers of vintage base ball are the spirited equivalents of the movie industry’s Coen Brothers. They bring that special touch of Coen Brothers fire and excitement over the unexpected into every game they play. Neither is really named “Bob”, of course, but we didn’t want to leave them out of the count that every other league manager is named “Bob” by either coincidence, destiny, or fate.

Come share the joy. If you’ve never played vintage base ball, all we can tell you is that it is the closest thing you could do today to recreate the excitement that so many of us grew up with playing on the sandlots – before Little League and all the adults took over our private “field of dreams” as kids and turned the game into a place in which parents could force their children into living out their own adult dreams of becoming big leaguers.

If we get to play this Saturday, come out to George Ranch and watch the action. We welcome visitors and people who may be interested in organizing teams to participate in our second league championship season in the spring of 2016.

The 1860 Vintage Base Ball Rules. Here is one of several links from Google that shows the rules for the 1860 game:

The Fall Season Schedule ~ All Games at George Ranch Park:

All Games @ George Ranch Park Fields 1 and 2.

Sat., Oct. 24, 2015

10:00 AM: Babies @ Red Sox / Field #1

Combine @ Strikers / Field # 2

(light lunch – free to players, courtesy of GRP Texian Days)

1:00 PM: Strikers @ Babies / Field #1

Red Sox @ Combine / Field #2


Sat., Nov. 7, 2015

10:00 AM: Red Sox @ Strikers / Field #1

Combine @ Babies / Field # 2

12:00 PM: Strikers @ Combine / Field #1

Red Sox @ Babies / Field #2


Sat., Nov. 21, 2015

10:00 AM: Combine @ Red Sox / Field #1

Babies @ Strikers / Field #2

12:00 PM: Babies @ Combine / Field #1

Strikers @ Red Sox / Field #2


From the Parking Area, Field #1 is further away, across the creek by Foot Bridge. ~ Field # 2 is nearer, close to the main complex.


Our Hopes. Over the past seven years, our free range play schedule has carried our Houston area clubs to games in Galveston and Sealy – and we have been especially grateful to a couple visiting clubs from Boerne, Texas who often have joined us or games here. Thank you, Boerne White Sox and Tusculum Freethinkers! Please consider this to be an open invitation to join us for league play next spring, if that is possible. We didn’t adopt the name “Texas Vintage Base Ball Union” for window dressing. We really hope to see the game expand into the other existing pockets of state interest and become a unifying force for spreading the joy of this game across the Lone Star State.

For Further Info. Please contact me anytime for further information on vintage base ball – or how you may easily start you own team and join us for the spring 2016 season.

10/24/15: Rain Out Report. Unfortunately, the flood of rains started drizzling their way into George Ranch Park prior to 8 o’clock this morning and there is a dark blue line of heavy rain coming right behind them on the radar. Opening Day is now officially rained out. Weather permitting, we will resume the league schedule of our games for Nov. 7th in two weeks.


Bill McCurdy, Commissioner

The Texas Vintage Base Ball Union




3 Responses to “The Texas Vintage Base Ball Union is Here”

  1. Doug S Says:

    Looking good Bob C in that Red Sox uniform.

  2. Bill McCurdy Says:

    10/24/15, 8:10 AM. Opening Day was rained out 15 minutes ago. See the addendum note that has been added to the end of the above column in bold type for further clarification. – Bill McCurdy, Commissioner, Texas Vintage Base Ball Union.

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