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Dirigo Base Ball Club of Maine

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.

Location: The Hamlet of Mudville, Holliston, Massachusetts
Established 2003

Nestled within the small New England Town of Holliston, Massachusetts sits a neighborhood, modest in size, yet grand in stature Here, a short walk beyond the old schoolhouse brings one upon a garden, which during years of plentiful rain boasts a myriad of native flowers. From his window, the Mayor of Mudville, Bob Blair, can gaze upon his field, and take great satisfaction from the centerpiece of this garden; a seven foot tall statue of Mighty Casey.

Construction of the railroad brought the Irish to Holliston in 1847, and not desiring to travel further west, many workers settled on the often soggy parcels of land next to the tracks and adjacent to Lake Winthrop. Known as “Mudville” as early as 1856, its residents became fervent participants in the emerging National Pastime, and brought great pride to the area in 1858 when the local Winthrop Base Ball Club defeated Boston’s famous Olympic Base Ball Club 100-27 on the Boston Common, before over 2000 people. As quoted in the Boston Bee, “The playing of the Holliston Club was by far the best ever seen in our city.”

Around this time, the Darling Woolen Mill, located just outside Mudville, employed many area residents. It was owned by the relatives of Ernest Lawrence Thayer, famous for penning the poem “Casey at the Bat.” Hence, the obvious connection.

The Mudville Base Ball Club was created to pay homage to our past, while celebrating the game we love. We typically play by the Massachusetts Rules of 1858 but are open to all vintage interpretations. We welcome the opportunity to play other vintage teams and are equally able to travel to or host such competitions.

Contact:
John “Choo-Choo” Shannahan
johns@mudvillebaseballclub.com