It’s true that the Cleveland Indians haven’t had a World Series win since 1954 but Clevelanders still love their baseball. If you are a huge baseball fan then you don’t want to miss the chance to go back in time and experience how it was at the roots of base ball. (Yes, it was two words back in 1867). Plan a jaunt to Greenfield Village located at The Henry Ford Museum complex in Dearborn, Michigan to attend the World Tournament of Historic Base Ball on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland.
World Tournament of Historic Base Ball This 2-day family-friendly event will feature vintage baseball teams from around the country (including Ohio) all dressed in period uniforms and playing for the championship. Tournament games (played by 1867 rules) will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at Walnut Grove and Hawthorne Glade at the historic Greenfield Village.
Greenfield Village teams include the Lah-De-Dahs and the Greenfield Village Nationals. The championship game will be held on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Walnut Grove.
An awards ceremony will follow the championship game with an award, of course, for the ultimate winning team and for categories such as Finest Pitcher, Fastest Base Runner, Finest Catcher, Farthest Distance Traveled, Finest Captain and the Henry Chadwick Sportsmanship Award.
The championship winning team will receive $300 in cash (one of the prizes in the original 1867 tournament) while a sack of peanuts goes to the team with the fewest game wins.
The Tournament will also have several hands-on activities for visitors. You can try your hand at pitching and see how fast you can run the bases at the 1867 Base Ball Skill Test being offered on the Village Green from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days. You can also learn to play cricket with cricket expert Tom Melville from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the Village Green.
Other activities include performances by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band (playing during the games), the musical show “Simply Gershwin” (at the Town Hall) and the Model T Medley (a 10 minute music medley with a bit of Model T humor near the Scotch Settlement school) on both days.
Be sure to check out the Base Ball Artifact Display (at the Luther Burbank Birthplace House) featuring a championship trophy bat from 1867 and an original copy of the book “Haney’s Base Ball Book of Reference for 1867” written by Henry Chadwick in addition to numerous other base ball artifacts.
There will be plenty of food available for purchase and places to dine including the historic Eagle Tavern in the Village.
All activities and games for the World Tournament of Historic Base Ball are free with regular admission to Greenfield Village. Admission for ages 13-61 is $24 while senior admission is $22 and admission for youth (5-12) is $17.50. Children 4 and under are free. Admission for museum members is free. There is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle for non-members.
For more information about the World Tournament of Historic Base Ball or about Greenfield Village call the Henry Ford Call Center at 313-982-6001 or get online at www.thehenryford.org.
The Henry Ford Museum complex is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn, Michigan near Detroit. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland.