Did you know?
– Providence was a major league city for baseball from 1878 to 1885?
– The Providence Grays won the National League pennant in 1879 and 1884, and the first World’s Championship in 1884?
– 1884 was the first year overhand pitching was allowed in the National League, but fielders hadn’t started wearing gloves, and the catcher’s mitt hadn’t been invented?
– Since 1998, the Providence Grays Vintage Base Ball Club has brought our city’s baseball history to life playing against teams from throughout the Northeast?
The Providence Grays Vintage Base Ball Club was created as a tribute to the 1884 Grays, inspired by a league of similar historical baseball teams in New York. They learned the 1884 rules and style of play. The mission of The Providence Grays is to preserve, perpetuate, and promote the game of baseball as it was played during its formative years in the nineteenth century.
This Saturday, June 27, the Grays are playing two games against the Brooklyn Atlantics by the rules and practices of 1864 and 1884. The games start atÂ noon at Ardoene Field in Elmwood. Ardoene Field is off Narragansett Avenue in Providence, one block south off Reservoir Avenue, and includes a playground, concession stand, and bathroom. Admission is free.