UPDATE: Due to projected storms, this event has been cancelled for July 11.
Adena Mansion & Gardens will host vintage “Base Ball” Sunday, July 11, 2021.
Bring your blanket or lawn chair and join us on the grounds when the Adena Worthington’s challenge the Ohio Village Muffins, an 1860’s baseball team that plays the game by 19th century rules, in an exhibition game of vintage baseball.
The match begins at 2pm.
This event is free and open to the public. For those unvaccinated for COVID-19, masks are required over the nose and mouth indoors and outdoors- if unable to social distance.
If you would like to take a tour of the mansion, admission is $10 for Adults; $9 for Seniors; $5 Children age 6-12, and Children age 5 and under get in free. The last mansion tour is at 3:30pm that day.
The coronavirus pandemic has limited baseball for spectators across America in 2020. The cancellation of the Prospect League season took away the Chillicothe Paints for the summer and Major League Baseball is still haggling over how to get its season underway.
Fortunately, there’s one game that’s ready to entertain… the annual vintage base ball meeting between The Ohio Village Muffins and the hometown Adena Worthingtons. The Muffins consist of enthusiasts from around Central Ohio through the Ohio History Connection while the Worthingtons are comprised of locals who have enjoyed keeping the game alive.
Litter Media’s Dan Ramey has Captained The Worthingtons since 2015. “Both teams are excited to play. This will be the first outing for The Muffins, and I know they’ll be chomping at the bit to get back on the diamond. They bested us in 2019 and we’re ready to bounce back and put on a good show for everyone.”
The Muffins lead the series 3-2.
The match is scheduled for 2pm July 12th on the grounds of Adena Mansion & Gardens. There’s no admission charge to watch the game. Spectators are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the event. There’s an explanation of how the game will be played along with player introductions before the contest.
The game is governed by rules from 1860s era base ball. One change will be wearing face coverings while playing, which may prove challenging for the participants in the summer heat.
Adena Mansion & Gardens Executive Director Kathy Styer reminds visitors to practice social distancing and wear a face covering while around other visitors. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, refreshments will NOT be available this year.
There is an admission charge for those wishing to tour the mansion with the last tour of the day conducted at 3:45pm. Visit the website for additional information, www.adenamansion.com.