Base Ball Mad: The Early Days

A One-Man Performance That Connects Base Ball Past with Baseball Present
Excellent for Sports Banquets, Award Ceremonies and Sports Museums

Bball 1Relive the formative years of baseball (through the spirit of baseball past) as told to you by Asa “Count” Brainard, 1869 hurler for the Cincinnati Red Stockings. Dressed in the uniform of the 1860’s, Asa has seen the changes from the beginning days (1840’s) when the game of base was a gentlemen’s sport, to the Civil War (1861-1865) when base ball was played by the common man (soldiers) on both sides of the conflict, to the 1880’s and early 1890’s when rival leagues and rebellious players fought the power of the “National League” to the 1900’s which saw the emergence of the “Beer Ball League” (American League) and the first World Series of 1903.

Learn of those who greatly influenced today’s game of baseball including Alexander Joy Cartwright and the New York Knickerbockers Base Ball Club, James Creighton, Henry Chadwick, Eddie Cuthbert, the Vassar College freshman women, Harry and George Wright, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, Albert G. Spalding, Candy Cummings, Williams Hulbert and the National League, the 1877 Louisville Grays, Billy Sunday – the baseball evangelist, Ban Johnson and The Beer & Whiskey League, the “Flying Dutchman” Honus Wagner, the “Georgia Peach” Ty Cobb, among other greats.

All stories are told with historical accuracy and give you an accurate view of the “good old days” of our national game.

The Boys of Base Ball 

Ideal Entertainment For Minor and Major League Ball Games
and Special Sporting Events

“The Boys of Base Ball” represent baseball throughout its “formative years” (1840’s–early 1900’s). Each member of the team wears the uniform of a particular era and interprets that period of baseball history. Rich Pawling represents the 1840’s to 1870’s with a look like Asa “The Count” Brainard–the feeder of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings. Other personas in the group can include 1880’s Hall of Famer Mike “King” Kelly, a “rube” (farmboy) from the 1890’s period and a college-educated “new breed” ballplayer of the early 1900’s.

They combine the music of baseball’s past with a unique living history performance. When “The Boys of Base Ball” become the “boys of baseball past” and use music, humor, and history to educate and entertain their audience, they create an “old-time” baseball experience for fans and visitors that can’t be beat!

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