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The following vendors offer 19th century garments for men, women and/or children – some are custom-made while others are off-the-rack. This list is primarily for the man or woman who wishes to dress in style as a spectator or umpire. Unforms for ballists are always custom-made through a specialty vendor. Note: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily mean endorsement. List supplied for your information only.

Suppliers of 19th century-style Clothing, Hats & Accessories
Gentleman's Emporium James Country Mercantile Victorian gentlemen
Village Hat Shop   River Junction Trade Co.
Victorian lady drinking tea Hamilton Dry Goods
Men's 19th Century Clothing
Galla Rock Shirt & Patterns Company
Littlehugs Theatre & Re-enactment Costumes
Reenactment Attire & Accessories Mason-Dixon Sewing Company
1880s etc. Ageless Patterns
Victorian Trading Company Woodland Farms Vintage

R.L. Shep Publications — Books on authentic costume, fashions and uniforms from the Civil War, Edwardian, Federalist, Regency, Victorian and other eras.

Timeless Stitches — Civil War Sutlery with 19th century patterns and handmade period clothing for men, women and children.

The Costume Gallery — Extensive resource for the history of women's costumes through the years.

Rules and Vocabulary

Dowload Abbreviated Rules as a PDF File Abbreviated Rules of 1861 and 1865
Dowload Terms & Expressions s as a PDF File Terms and Expressions from 19th century base ball
Dowload Abbreviated Rules as a PDF File Rules of Wicket
Role of the Umpire

In the Civil War era of base ball, there was only one umpire and his word was law. Players were not allowed to speak to the umpire unless spoken to, and at all times, the umpire was to be addressed as "Sir." The umpire stands (or sits on a chair) to the side of home plate to make the calls and, if uncertain that a player is safe or out, will ask the players involved. If an agreed-upon answer is not forthcoming, the umpire often will turn to the spectators to help him determine the call.

The role of the umpire at Colt Meadows is 50% management / rules, 50% theatre. He helps to set the stage, introduce the teams, call the playes and indicate runs to the scorekeeper. Learning the rules of the 1860s games doesn't take long and for serving as umpire on game day, a monetary remuneration is paid. What could be better?

Dowload Abbreviated Rules as a PDF File Information for Umpires


Vintage Base Ball Teams — List of teams that have websites, as provided by the Open Directory Project.

Vintage Base Ball Association — Organization that presents the game of base ball as it was actually played in accordance with the rules, equipment, uniforms, field specifications, customs, practices, language and behavioral norms of the period.

Vintage Base Ball — Information from Wikipedia.

Vintage Base Ball — Clip of Emmy-nominated documentary from

Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) — Membership organization that fosters the research, preservation and dissemination of the history and record of baseball.

Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) UK Chapter — Organization based in the United Kingdom that is interested not only in baseball, but the history of baseball as it relates to Britain.

Peter Morris, Baseball Historian — Author of numerous historical books on the sport.

Origins of Baseball — Information from Wikipedia.

Negro Leagues Baseball History — "Negro Americans played baseball throughout the 1800’s, and by the 1860’s notable black amateur teams such as the Colored Union Club, in Brooklyn and the Pythian Club, in Philadelphia had formed ... "

K & P Weaver, LLC — Manufacturer and supplier of vintage base ball uniforms and equipment.

The Illustrated History of Base Ball Cards — Illustrations and historical information by David Rudd Cycleback.

Historic Baseball Resources — Rich collection provided by the Library of Congress.

Famous Firsts in 19th Century Base Ball — Provided by Baseball Almanac.

Ebbets Field Flannels — Maker of vintage sportswear garments.

Dressed to the Nines — A history of the baseball uniform as presented by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Charleston Bat Company — Custom wood base ball bats from company out of South Carolina.

Bulldog Bat Company — Specializing in hand-turned vintage base ball bats. Provides photos and information on equipment offered.

Baseball in the Garden of Eden — John Thorn traces the rise of the New York version of the game over other variations popular in Massachusetts and Philadelphia in his latest book.

Baseball History Timeline — 7-part document with bibliography.

Baseball Cards 1887-1914 — Collection of 2,100 early baseball cards from the Library of Congress American Memory project.

Albert G. Spalding Collection of Early Baseball Photographs — Presented by the New York Public Library Digital Gallery.

19th Century Base Ball — Photos and information including rules, evolution of base ball equipment and field of play, leagues and tours from Eric Miklich.

19th Century Base Ball — Historical summary plus information on the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings from

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