The Contagious Diseases Act was introduced in 1864
The Contagious Diseases Act was first passed in 1864, and extended in 1866 and 1869 before finally being repealed in 1886. The acts were introduced as an attempt to regulate ‘common prostitutes’ in order to reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) within the British army and navy. The acts imitated regimes that had previously been implemented in countries such as India and Greece, and were first applied to garrison towns and ports, although their coverage increased over time.
The Contagious Diseases Act made it the law for women suspected of prostitution to register with the police and submit to an invasive medical examination. The act gave the police the power to determine who was a prostitute. If the woman was found to be suffering from a venereal disease she would be confined to a ‘lock hospital’ until pronounced ‘clean’. The alternative to agreeing to the examination was three months imprisonment (extended to six months in the 1869 act) or hard labour. The acts did not enforce the examination of men.
The act evoked outrage amongst the British public because it led to the unjust treatment of women, and it was eventually repealed after an impressive grass-roots movement led by Josephine Butler, who founded the Ladies’ National Association (LNA) to campaign against the act’s implementation.
A Guide to the Accurate Presentation of 1858-1869 Base Ball
By Richard Hershberger
As modern day demonstrations of “Vintage Base Ball” continue to spread, so do the gentlemanly discussions of how best to present the American Pastime from its earliest days, in 1858 to 1869. From tally bells to no sliding, feeder pitching to base stealing, National Association rules to Home Field rules, there is a lot for today’s player to sort through.
We hope this guide will help you understand some of base ball history, so you, too, can enjoy the game as it was played in the 19th century; gain knowledge about what is historically accurate; and understand what was added by modern vintage players, so you can talk to the spectators about it.
With the content authorized by The Vintage Base Ball Association, it is wonderfully formatted and an easy reference. It also includes images of vintage games from various living museums and venues from around the country.
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DANIEL "KETCH" KELLY
MOHICAN BBC of KENNETT SQUARE, PA
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Listen as Barrel Roller and Ketch talk about all things vintage base ball in the Mid Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League. Daniel's favorite places and events. We go over some of the highlights of the 2020 schedule. Sports card collecting? Philadelphia 76ers!? Bartending with Alexander Ovechkin!!??
GINGERLY GENTLEMAN RACES AT THE 2020 MICHIGAN VINTAGE BASE BALL FESTIVAL
During the Saturday of the festival any ballist will be able to attempt to qualify for the Gingerly Gentleman contest that will be happening at the same time as the MIGHTIEST STRIKER on Saturday night @6pm. On the River Place field will be a skills field set up. You can go to that field at any point during the day and get timed. The top 24 times will be put into a bracket that night and compete in a one on one elimination tournament. One runner will start at home and one will start at second. You will run the bases (touching all of the bases), first one back to their starting base will move on in the tournament. The Winner will be declared the KING OF DIAMONDS
2018 CAPTAIN'S MATCH
CAPTAIN'S MATCH 2019
FATHER AND SON/DAUGHTER SKILLS COMPETITION AT 2020 MICHIGAN VINTAGE BASE BALL FESTIVAL
On the River Place Field all day SATURDAY, a Vintage base ball player and his son/daughter or father can enter a hitting, throwing and egg toss competition to accumulate points via hitting targets through striking and throwing at them. The father of the highest scoring duo will be crowned the "KING OF HEARTS"
Coming to the 2020 Vintage base ball season is the inaugural season of the
Northern Alliance of Vintage Ballists
The newest vintage base ball league will start with 8 clubs in the Mid-West.
They will be playing by the rules, customs and manner of the 1860's, culminating with an end of the year championship, seeded, tournament.
Bavarian BBC of Frankenmuth, MI
Bear Clan BBC of Flat Rock, MI
Columbus Capitals, OH
Oaks BBC of Locust Corner, OH
ADDISON MOUNTAIN STARS, PA
AKRON BLACK STOCKINGS, OH
CANAL DOVER RED LEGS, OH
CROSSING RAILS BBC of ALLIANCE, OH
CHELSEA MERRIES TO GET NEW OPPONENTS AT MICHIGAN VINTAGE BASE BALL FESTIVAL
This year at the 2020 Michigan Vintage Base Ball Festival there will be a little something new waiting for the lovely ladies of the Chelsea Merries. Heidi Chapman from the Frankenmuth Historical Museum has declared her intentions of having a ladies base ball club to participate exclusively at the festival. The currently unnamed club will have some locals but can also add out of towners. The intentions of the club are to play two matches on Saturday against the Chelsea Merries and to have a grandiose experience. If you are interested in playing you can contact Heidi Chapman at