Vintage Base Ball Games 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. Home matches will be played at the Rochester Hills Museum on Saturdays, June 8 at 1:00 p.m., June 15 at 6:00 p.m., August 3 at 1:00p.m. and August 11 at 1:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chair. Admission is free and the Van Hoosen Dairy Barn and local history exhibits are open during the matches. In addition, every guest can have a complimentary hot dog after each match and run the bases. The Grangers will host the Granger Cup featuring three other clubs on Saturday, June 22 at Stony Creek Metropark—Baypoint Beach—check out the schedule of matches at

Vintage 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 or call 248.656.4663.

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