World Tournament of Historic Base Ball at Greenfield Village

Sixteen Historic Ball Clubs Battle it out for the 2013 Championship Title

DEARBORN – Watch as the “boys of summer” battle it out by the 1867 rules Aug. 10 and 11 during the 11th annual World Tournament of Historic Base Ball at Greenfield Village.

Just as the Detroit area hosted the World’s Base Ball Tournament in 1867, Greenfield Village keeps the tradition alive as village clubs — the Lah-De-Dahs and the Nationals BBC — compete against 14 vintage baseball teams from Michigan, Indiana and Ohio until one is declared champion.

Complete with music from the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, dramatic performances and legendary sports artifacts, the weekend has everything that made baseball the country’s national pastime. See the actual championship trophy bat awarded to the Unknowns from Jackson, winners of the First-Class Division at the 1867 tournament along with other base ball artifacts on display at the Luther Burbank Birthplace.

Spectators can test their pitching arms or take a lap around the bases in the 1867 Base Ball Skills Test taking place throughout the day on the Village Green. Spectators also can try their hand at cricket, a pre-Civil War stick-and-ball game with expert Tom Melvin.

On Sunday, spectators can check out the Players Skills Competition and see the most accurate thrower, the fastest runner and the ball thrown the farthest from among the tournament clubs at Walnut Grove.

It all leads up to the Championship and Reserve Championship games at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on Walnut Grove. The awards ceremony will immediately follow the games, where clubs will receive original prizes from the 1867 World’s Tournament including a $300 cash prize for the champions and a bag of peanuts for the club with the least amount of wins.

Admission to the tournament is free with membership or admission to Greenfield Village. Tickets are $24 adults, $22 seniors (ages 62 and up), $17.50 youth (ages 5 to 12) and free for children ages 4 and under.

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