Cincinnati Red Stockings in CA - 150th Anniversary

The year was 1869, and two major events took place. First, the Cincinnati Red Stockings openly identified themselves as a professional club, and then went on to defeat every single club they faced. Second, the transcontinental railroad was completed in May, connecting the American east and west.

Later that year, the Red Stockings crossed the country on the train and played against a local group of players, defeating them by a score of 50-6! Central Valley Vintage Base Ball  and the Sacramento Vintage Base Ball Club  have invited the Reds Hall of Fame 1869 Red Stockings  to Sacramento to re-create their historic visit here 150 years ago, and they have accepted the invite.

We will re-enact their arrival in Old Sacramento on the morning of Saturday, September 21st, followed by a game of 1869 rules baseball that afternoon at 3:15 p.m. at Doc Oliver Field in William Land Park. This will be followed by a match where half of the Red Stockings will team up with half of the Sacramento Base Ball Club, and face off against the other two halves of the clubs joined together. On Sunday, September 22nd at 9:00 a.m. at Davis Senior High School, the Red Stockings will face off against Central Valley's Yolo County All Stars (a team comprised of members from the organization's clubs located in Yolo County). Following that match, the Yolo County All Stars will face off against a team comprised of players from various Bay Area Vintage Base Ball clubs at noon! 

However, this does come at a great cost in travel for the Red Stockings, and in fees and material costs for hosting an event of this large magnitude. We are raising funds in order to provide the current Red Stockings with a unique experience here in Sacramento, and to show them our great city. They will experience an underground tour in Old Sacramento, go on a train ride to re-create the experience of arriving into Old Sacramento by train like the original 1869 club would have done, and provide services and amenities to our fans who will come out to re-create their arrival, and the re-created game that afternoon. The remaining money left over from those expenses will be gifted to the players to reimburse them for the travel costs they will personally incur. 

We hope that you will join us in making this historic event 150 years in the making a successful one. We are proud of Sacramento and our local history, as well as the surrounding cities represented by Central Valley Vintage Base Ball (Woodland, Davis, and Dixon), and we want to make a positive, lasting impression on these players visiting from Cincinnati. Our organization shares a love of baseball and history with players from all across this country, and we are excited to showcase this passion to the great city of Sacramento while welcoming our new friends.

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  • rick hein 
    • $20 
    • 5 mos
  • James Ferguson 
    • $30 
    • 5 mos
  • Sage Bray 
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
  • Micah Bisson 
    • $20 
    • 5 mos
  • Jim Crosthwaite 
    • $25 
    • 5 mos
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Fundraising team: Red Stockings Event Committee (3)

Curtis Piatt 
Raised $125 from 2 donations
Sacramento, CA
Matt Stone 
Matt Stone 
Team member
Raised $290 from 6 donations
This team raised $100 from 1 other donation.
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