Mission Statement

The Dirigo Vintage Base Ball Club is a non-profit, educational and living history organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the game of Base Ball as it was played during its formative years in the mid-nineteenth century and other historic eras. We educate others about the beginnings of our national pastime through living history Base Ball games, educational presentations to area museums, historical societies and schools. In addition, this worthy objective shall be accomplished by the following activities and endeavors:

  • Present 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.
  • Supporting the formation and strengthening of vintage base ball clubs by sharing vintage base ball information, setting standards of historical accuracy and participation, and providing a means to recognize and communicate with other vintage base ball clubs.
  • Encourage research and disseminating information in order to recreate the game in keeping with the highest levels of accuracy and authenticity.
  • Educating the public regarding the character, history and growth of the game with attention to the historical context in which it originated and developed.

In order to achieve its goals and sustain the traditions and values which it seeks to honor and emulate, the Dirigo Vintage Base Ball Club and all of its members will conduct all matches, meetings, and other activities - both on and off the field - according to the highest standards of sportsmanship, gentlemanly behavior, courtesy, and respect for others which was characterized by the Dirigo Base Ball Club of Augusta, Maine, 1867-1869. In addition, all matches shall be conducted using the official rules and regulations of the New England Vintage Base Ball League and the Vintage Base Ball Association.