Vintage Base Ball

Early Riser BBC & Detroit River Belles

Vintage base ball - where sports and history meet! 

The Early Risers Base Ball Team

The Early Riser Base Ball Club 

The HFWC has sponsored our VBBA team since 2009. The  Early Risers are named after one of the first baseball teams in Detroit. Rules for this league are taken from older baseball rules.

Come out and root for the team! Admission and parking are free.

Early Risers 2021 Base Ball Schedule (Tentative)

May 1 Brooklyn (1pm) At the Fort

May 15 Black Swamp Frogs (12pm)

  Ida Community Day

  Firemen’s Park, behind Ida Township Hall and Ida Township Fire Hall

  3016 Lewis Avenue

  Ida, MI

May 16 Dexter (1pm) at the Fort 

May 22 At Flat Rock (12pm)

  28700 Arsenal Rd 

  Flat Rock, MI 48134 

June 5 Northville (11am) at the Fort

June 12-13 Ohio Festival

  299 Haskell Lane 

  Batavia, Ohio 


June 19-20 Greenfield Village
  Greenfield Village Dearborn, Michigan 

    20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, Michigan 48124

June 26-27 Menomonie Blue Caps Base Ball Festival

  21st Ave SE 

  Menomonie, Wisconsin 

July 10 at Dexter

July 17 at Rochester

July 24 Vintage Base Ball Day (11am) at the Fort

Detroit Base Ball Club*, Flat Rock*, Moscow Monarchs*, Richmond, Stockbridge*, Highlanders*, Ghostriders*, Swamp Frogs*, Portland Blue Sox*, Wyandotte*, Dexter. 

July 31 at Brooklyn 

August 21 ABC Days

August 28 at Wyandotte Festival

  Wyandotte Memorial Park
  1940 Ludington St, Wyandotte, MI 48192

September 11/12 At Holly Festival 

September 18 Heritage Festival (Northville)

September 30 Augusta Bourbon Festival (Kentucky)

The Early Risers Base Ball Team

Detroit River Belles 

In 2014, we welcomed the formation of a ladies' team, the Detroit River Belles! Although there were no known organized ladies clubs in Detroit in the 1860's, there were clubs forming on the east coast and the River Belles represent what a ladies club of the Victorian era would have been.

The Belles were interviewed for a 2015 NPR article titled Baseball In Skirts, 19th Century Style. Take a look!

Check out their schedule below and come watch them play! Admission is free.

Photo By Carol Sheldon

Detroit River Belles 2021 Base Ball Schedule

No games scheduled