Tipp City, OH – The Tippecanoe Canal Jumpers Vintage Base Ball Club kicked off their 2010 season with a trip to the Vintage Base Ball Association’s national convention. Club co-founder, Reed “Worm Burner” Spencer and Captain Steven “Swifty” Pope represented the Canal Jumpers in Port Huron, Michigan. The Canal Jumpers, a project of the Downtown Tipp City Partnership (DTCP), have 12 matches scheduled for this season. Home matches will be held at The Willowtree Inn and the Tipp City Park.
The Vintage Base Ball Association (VBBA) was founded in 1996. The mission and purpose of the VBBA is to preserve, perpetuate, and promote the game of base ball as it was played during its formative years in the nineteenth century and other historic eras. The annual convention featured a vintage all-star match, educational training and an awards dinner hosted by the Welkin Base Ball Club of Port Huron. “The all-star match was awesome,” said Pope, “It’s great to see all the different uniforms and playing styles used throughout the country.”
The Canal Jumpers were presented the “Newest Club Attending” Award at the VBBA dinner. The Canal Jumpers played their first match on August 16, 2009 at the Willowtree Inn hosting the Clodbuster’s Base Ball Club in front of 500 cheering cranks (spectators). “This was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about vintage base ball,” said Spencer, “We are looking forward to implementing what we learned into our club which will help us put on a great show for the cranks.” The Canal Jumpers were founded by Spencer and Greg “Buster” Enslen to offer a fun and unique way to promote downtown Tipp City.
Come cheer on the team at their 2010 home opener on Sunday, May 16 at 1 pm at The Willowtree Inn.
For more information about the Canal Jumpers or the VBBA, please call 937.667.0883 or visit www.tippecanoecanaljumpers.com. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
The Tippecanoe Canal Jumpers are back for the 2010 Season and better than ever! We’re still putting together our 2010 Match Schedule, but check out the page for the list of games so far. And here are some highlights:
- Opening Day – Sunday, April 25 at 1pm away game against the Belle River Ball Club. Game to be played at the Rising Sun Casino in Indiana.
- Home Opener – Sunday, May 16 at 1pm home game against the Norwood Highlanders BBC Home. Game will be at the Willowtree Inn!
- Ohio Cup – Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4,5 games against teams to be determined. The Ohio Cup is held annually at Ohio Village in Columbus (more info on the Ohio Cup)
- Inaugural Tippecanoe Base Ball Cup - Sunday, Sept. 25 against several teams and held in conjunction with the Tipp City Mum Festival Weekend. Location and times still being determined.
Stay tuned for more information!