Muzzy Field is one of Bristol’s hidden gems. The property was donated to the city in 1912 and the venue has held various events from football games to neighborhood picnics, high school games to the Big East and American Legion baseball tournaments among others. The Bristol Red Sox, a Triple-A affiliate of the Boston organization, did a 10-year stint with Muzzy Field as their home base between 1973 and1982, before relocating to New Britain. Among those playing here were future Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Jimmy Rice, as well as a future American League Rookie of the Year, Fred Lynn.
On Sunday, October 14, 2018, the Bristol Historical Society in collaboration with Team Bristol will be hosting a doubleheader vintage baseball game at Muzzy Field located in Bristol on Muzzy Road. For directions click here.
Billed as “The 2018 Northeast Historic Baseball All-Star Event”, players from the New England states will compete in two separate games: the first by 1864 rules and the second by those of 1865.
The teams will be dressed in authentic period uniforms and compete with vintage equipment on a playing field without a pitcher’s mound, as was the standard of the day. The score will be posted on a blackboard and announcements made through a megaphone.
Play will begin at 12 noon and last until approximately 4 PM. Admission is free and children are welcome. Join the Bristol Historical Society to take a step back in time and see how America’s favorite pastime was played and enjoyed over 150 years ago!