Independence Weekend


The Hingham Historical Society and the Hingham Vintage Base Ball Club present the 6th Annual Independence Weekend Classic! 

Hingham, MA – Huzzah for Base Ball! Step back into the 1860s and see the boys of summer play nine frames of Base, that new game of ball that is taking America by storm. The Hingham Derbys and their cross town arch-rivals, the Mighty Hingham Coopers, begin play at 2:00 pm on Saturday July 6th at Derby Academy’s Talbot Field,56 Burditt Ave., Hingham to compete for the coveted Hingham Bucket trophy.

Base Ball enthusiasts are invited to sit on the lush grass hills at Talbot Field for a birds-eye view of this spectacular, fast paced, “small ball” game that is played without mitts and without tears. These lads play for the love of the game in its simplest forms. There are no agents, no trainers and no wages. In 1860s fashion, they compete by the old and honorable rules which allow the hidden ball trick, the spitter, the foul ball double play and a demonstrable ignorance of balk rules.

This family event is a collaborative effort of the Hingham Historical Society, the Vintage Base Ball players and their families. Under a blue summer sky, the fan will find traditional ball-park fare, old time music to enjoy between innings and an informative emcee in the form of Hingham Selectman Bruce Rabuffo to guide them through the original version of the Great American Game. Other guest emcees will provide color commentary.

Donations are encouraged at the gate with all proceeds benefiting the Hingham Historical Society. Refreshments and nourishment will be available for purchase. Fans are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, sun glasses and a love of the game as it was meant to be played.

This is Vintage Base Ball at Derby Academy, an American Independence holiday tradition!


Contact: Hingham Historical Society 781-749-7721 or email director@hinghamhistorical.org  OR green3egdave@gmail.com