Historic Base Ball
in Greenfield Village

American Originals

Step into a 19th-century summer as one of base ball’s early official rule books comes to life for an action-packed spectacle in Greenfield Village — gloves optional.

Special Event at Greenfield Village®

  • June 8, 2019 - August 18, 2019 (Saturdays & Sundays - Except 6/29, 6/30, 7/6 & 7/7)
  • Time: First Pitch 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Walnut Grove

Free with Village admission.

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What happens when you decide to play by a different set of rules? Let’s explore a time when the game was different. When base ball was an amateur sport played town versus town for nothing more than the rush and glory of victory. 

Step into a 19th-century summer — when the game was known as “base ball” —  as one of the early official rule books comes to life in Greenfield Village. Join in as players parade down Main Street each Saturday before they take the field with the uniforms, equipment and umpiring used in 1867. Cheer on the action alongside the whistle of a passing steam locomotive and root for Greenfield Village’s two teams, the Lah-De-Dahs and the National Base Ball Club, as they take on rival clubs from across the Midwest.

This is the origin of America’s pastime. Base ball the way it was meant to be played — an action-packed gentleman’s game, gloves optional. Feel the excitement and determination that took the sport from a hometown game to the spectacle we know today, then, bring honor and sportsmanship to your own ball diamond or backyard.

Pro Tip: Historic base ball is free for members or with village admission. Become a member to visit every game, plus the annual World Tournament of Historic Base Ball, free.

Historic Base Ball is played select weekends in summer, and includes the annual World Tournament of Historic Base Ball in August.  

Annual World Tournament: It’s a championship like no other. Every summer, we
commemorate Detroit’s 1867 World Base Ball Tournament with a gathering of teams
that play one outstanding weekend of America’s game by those original rules. It is unquestionably the nation’s greatest two-day exposition of historic base ball.

Your experience includes

  • Base ball played with uniforms, equipment and rules from 1867
  • Live music from the Dodworth Saxhorn Band (featured in Ken Burns’ popular Baseball series for PBS)
  • Visiting teams from throughout the Midwest
  • Pre-game parade through Greenfield Village with the teams
  • Live commentary throughout the game by our umpire and scorekeeper

Ticket Prices

Parking is $6 per vehicle for non-members, free for members.

Greenfield Village

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $25.25
General Admission (12-61) Free $28.00
Youth (5-11) Free $21.00
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.

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Base Ball Parade

June 8, 2019 - August 18, 2019 (Saturdays - Except: 6/29 & 7/6) | 1:15 p.m.

Meet today’s clubs and follow them to Walnut Grove for the game at 1:30pm played by 1867 rules.

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Base Ball Parade

June 8, 2019 - August 18, 2019 (Saturdays - Except: 6/29 & 7/6) | 1:15 p.m.

Meet today’s clubs and follow them to Walnut Grove for the game at 1:30pm played by 1867 rules.
  Get Details
World Tournament of Historic Baseball

World Tournament of Historic Base Ball®

August 10-11, 2019

Join us as we commemorate Detroit’s 1867 World Base Ball Tournament with a two-day gathering of teams that play America’s game by those long-ago rules. Along with the games, we feature live period music, food, and much more.

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World Tournament of Historic Base Ball®

August 10-11, 2019

Join us as we commemorate Detroit’s 1867 World Base Ball Tournament with a two-day gathering of teams that play America’s game by those long-ago rules. Along with the games, we feature live period music, food, and much more.
  Get Details