The Capitol Conference, part of the MidAtlantic Vintage Base Ball League (www.mavbbl.com) is made up of vintage base ball teams in the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas. Our teams play by nineteenth century rules using authentic replicas of nineteenth century equipment and uniforms.
As was the custom in the 1860s, we play the field barehanded, without gloves. When teams such as the Chesapeake, Arundel Excelsiors, Potomac, and Old Dominions take the field, players and fans alike can step back in time to a simpler era and experience baseball the way it was meant to be played. Welcome to our website, where you can learn more about the great game of vintage base ball.
Vintage baseball has been expanding dramatically in the mid-Atlantic region. More clubs are forming and entering competitive matches following the rules of the 1860s. This means no gloves, underhand pitching and other variations of the game that were the custom of the Civil War era. Living history interpretation is a vital part of the experience for our spectators. Explaining the rules, discussing the uniforms and equipment and offering a perspective of what it was like to be a member of a 19th Century club are all part of the interpretive mix.
We welcome new players from Washington, Virginia, and Maryland to join our Club. You don’t have to be an allstar softball player or your old high school’s star infielder to play — our only requirement is that you love base ball and love the history of it. If you are 1888, we are looking for you to participate! If you don’t think you can take the field in uniform, you can still participate as an umpire, scorekeeper, historian, costumed interpreter, or behind the scenes to help make the Club a success.