Take Me Out to the Park – Chickamauga Battlefield Centennial Event

Vintage Base Ball Players

Vintage base ball players warm up during the historic base ball game played in Chickamauga Battlefield.

NPS Photo

Quick Facts

GETTING READY FOR 2016:

A Call to Action
Action Item:
History Lesson
State:
Georgia
Year Accomplished:
2016

On Saturday, August 27, the park hosted the fourth of six Centennial events - Take Me Out to the Park - Vintage Base ball and Picnic at Chickamauga Battlefield.  Thanks to the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball, a double header was played.  In the first game, with the first pitch being thrown out by Park Ranger Chris Young, the Mountain City Club of Chattanooga drubbed the Highland Rim Distillers.  In the second game it was a close match, with the first pitch being thrown out by Chief of Interpretation Kim Coons, the Phoenix of East Nashville narrowly beat the Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga. In between innings, the Traveling Caudells provided period music. This marked the end of the season for the teams, with the championship tournament being held in Nashville in two weeks.  For the regular season, the two Chattanooga teams were one and two. Attendance was 248 spectators.  Eastern National was on-site selling items and food tickets. Without their tireless efforts this event would not have been such a success. The weather was hot and humid, much like all the rest of the events, but we did get a rain shower which magnified the humidity two fold.  Despite the rain the game continued. The park would also like to thank the Friends of the Park for their support during this amazing event.