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World Tournament of Historic Base Ball


2014 World Tournament of Historic Base Ball
August 9 & 10, 2014

Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10, 9:30am - 5pm)

Click here to download the 2014 World Tournament of Historic Base Ball program.

  • Tournament Games
    9:30am – 5pm • Walnut Grove #1 and #2 & Hawthorne Glade
    See historic base ball games throughout the day.

  • DON'T MISS! Base Ball Artifacts
    9:30am – 5pm • Luther Burbank Birthplace
    Come see the actual championship trophy bat awarded to the Unknowns from Jackson, Michigan—winners of the first-class division at the World’s Base Ball Tournament in Detroit—and an original copy of Haney’s Base Ball Book of Reference for 1867 by Henry Chadwick. These and other base ball artifacts from the collections of The Henry Ford are on display.

  • 1867 Base Ball Skill Test
    10am – 5pm • Village Green
    Try your hand at pitching and see how fast you can run the bases.

  • Laura’s Little Town
    11:15am • 12pm • 1:15pm • 2:45pm • Near Scotch Settlement School
    Meet young Laura Ingalls before she became a teacher in this 15-minute show celebrating Little Town on the Prairie.

  • Irving Berlin Medley
    1pm & 3:30pm • Near Scotch Settlement School
    A 15-minute music medley celebrating a musical innovator.

  • Simply Gershwin
    11:45am • 2pm • 3:15pm • Town Hall
    Celebrate George Gershwin in this lively, 30-minute music, comedy and dance revue.

  • Model T Medley
    11:45am • 2:30pm • Near Scotch Settlement School
    A 10-minute music medley with a dash of Model T humor.

  • Cricket
    11am – 4pm • Village Green
    Learn and play another early stick-and-ball game— cricket—with expert Tom Melville.

  • Players’ Skills Competition
    1:30pm – 2:30pm • Walnut Grove #1 and #2
    Come see the most accurate thrower, the fastest runner and the farthest thrower from among the tournament clubs.

  • Championship Game (Sunday only)
    2:30pm • Walnut Grove #1

  • Awards Ceremony
    (Immediately following the championship game)
    Walnut Grove #1
    A $300 cash prize will be awarded to the champion club, and a bag of peanuts will go to the club with the least number of victories, just as in the 1867 World Tournament!
    Pottery prizes handcrafted by the artisans of Liberty Craftworks in Greenfield Village.

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