Vintage Base Ball Matches Return to Rochester Hills Museum

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will serve as the home field for another season of vintage baseball featuring the Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Club. Club photo w car

Home matches will be played at the Rochester Hills Museum on May 10, May 18, June 12, June 21, July 20, and August 24. Away matches will be held at Navin Field, Mackinac Island, Bay City and beyond! A full schedule and match times are listed at www.rochestergrangers.org

The Grangers home opener is Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. against the Richmond Bees.  The Granger match is part of Spring on the Farm with various activities running from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $ 4 for Museum members and $ 7 for nonmembers. Ages 2 and under are free.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own chair. The Van Hoosen Dairy Barn and local history exhibits are open during the matches and every guest can have a complimentary hot dog and run the bases.

Anthony fieldingVintage base ball captures the start of base ball fever in the United States during the Civil War. Matches are played according to the rules of the early 1860s, which means no gloves and exceptional gentlemanly behavior. Matches are nine innings, pitchers throw underhanded, and various terminology harkens back to the early days of this national past time.

The Rochester Hills Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, one mile east of Rochester Road off Tienken Road and one mile north of downtown Rochester.  The Museum site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features a restored dairy barn used as an exhibit facility, 1840 and 1850 farmhouse and 16 acres of gardens and grounds bordered by Stoney Creek. For more information visit www.rochesterhills.org or call 248.656.4663.

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