Gear Up for the Machinists

Rocky Mount State Historic Site

Rocky Mount

Photo: Earl Neikirk/BHC

In a special event match at Rocky Mount State Historic Site in Piney Flats, TN, the Emmett Machinists were defeated by the Knoxville Holstons 22-21.

A tremendous crowd that included some dignitaries witnessed an exciting match that feature many well-struck onions that were pounded by ballists into doubles and triples and ultimately a round tripper by Augie Stock late in the match which would give the Holstons the lead for good. The Machinists would like to thank our hosts from Rocky Mount for providing the grounds, trinkets, and extra water for the ballists on a sweltering day and to the fine people of upper East Tennessee for attending and cheering both camps.

The Emmett Machinists will seek to reverse the outcome when they will again meet the Knoxville Hostons on June 18th at Historic Ramsey House. First toss will be at Noon and that match will be followed by a special match as both Knoxville clubs will join as one to welcome the Quicksteps from Spring Hill

Ride the Three Rivers Rambler to the grounds or hitch your wagon and make your way to Historic Ramsey House for a full day of vintage base ball. Huzzah!

Machinists Bested 23-14

The Emmett Machinists of Knoxville fell prey to strong Nashville willows and shaky defense in a 23-14 loss to the Maroons at Historic Ramsey House. Sending nine ballists across the plateau, the Maroons quickly proved their ability, plating 4 in the first Inning. The Machinists responded two-fold with 8 runs of their own. Nashville would not be deterred as the Maroons in turn answered with 5 runs in the next frame to reclaim the lead. The visitors would hold the Machinists without an ace for the next 4 Innings while striking for 9 runs during that time.

Machinists look on in horror as Maroons take the lead

Machinists look on in horror as Maroons take the lead

The final tally was 23-14 in favor of the Nashville Maroons, a hearty huzzah for those fine ballists from our capitol city.

The Emmett Machinists of Knoxville have accepted a berth into the Tennessee River Cup. The matches will be held on may the 7th at the 6th Cavalry museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA.

Inspiring Future Ballists

The Machinists had the pleasure to speak with the fourth grade class of Farragut Middle School about vintage base ball.  Biscuit, Haymaker, and Pixie were there along with both mascots, Crash and Hammer. They passed out schedule and spoke about the nuances of our noble game.

Machinists prevail on Opening Day

On opening day for the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball 2016 campaign,The Emmett Machinists of Knoxville wielded some accurate willows against a strong Phoenix of East Nashville club.

Playing their first home match of the season at Historic Ramsey House,


Mongo led the charge to a 15 -7 victory

the Machinists pounded out 31 hits en route to a 15 to 7 victory over their East Nashville counterparts. Mongo led the charge with 4 hits including a double. Colonel, Masher, Baby Bird and Doc each tallied 2 aces.

The Machinists would like to thank Phoenix for making the journey across the plateau and for being fine gentlemen and outstanding ballists. We also wish Phoenix captain Snookie Roy a speedy recovery on his injury.

The Emmett Machinists of Knoxville have issued a match challenge to the Nashville Maroons. The proposal has been agreed upon by Maroon captains Peach and Schoolboy. The game will be played at Historic Ramsey House on the 23rd of April at 2:30 local time.