The following rule set has been provided by the Vintage Base Ball Association. It includes recommendations that the Blues shall adhere to when we play at League Park, and in VBBA sanctioned events. Our club chooses to use 1864 or 1865 rules when we play at historic League Park. We will mainly play by 1865 rules. Our club is patterned after the 1878-1884 Blues of the National League. Therefore, our uniforms depict that time period. However, due to the lack of area vintage base ball teams in the area that use 1878-1884 rules, and our desire to play the game during the formative years of base ball, we will use the 1864/1865 rule set. Spectators should know that our uniforms are not accurate to the time period. Knickers were not worn by 1864 or 1865 clubs, and teams had bib style uniforms instead of what we wear now. Our uniforms are patterned after the 1879 Blues, based on the information we had at the time of production. After some further research, the "C" was found to be a script "C", not the block "C" that we currently have on our uniforms.
The terminology shown below are terms used during various times during 19th Century base ball. Many of these terms are slang, and not depicted in any set of rules that you will see on this website.
*terms above were used during various points in 19th Century base ball
Beadle's Dime Ball Rules is one of the earliest guides for playing the game of base ball.