Roosters Base Ball
Experience Base Ball (that's the historical way to write it!) like you’ve never seen it before with the Roosters and Hens at the History Center’s Schmitt Field. They play in period-accurate uniforms, with replica bats and balls and follow the 1860's rulebook.
Both teams are members of the Vintage Base Ball Association (VBBA).
Want to play? Call 507-282-9447 for more information.
Who are the Roosters and Hens?
The Roosters, established in 1997, is the men’s division of the History Center vintage base ball program. They chose their name to symbolize pride and strength - and to pay homage to the days when farmers and townsmen heard the rooster’s call at the start of each day! The Hens is the women & children’s division of the program. They were established in 2004 with the desire to experience the game that so excited their men.
The Roosters Vintage Baseball Team also has a facebook page. For additional information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/RoostersBBC?fref=t
Roosters Schedule - When do they play?
Due to the rigorous schedule that base ball requires – game times vary. See the full schedule below or on our Event Calendar.
Is Base Ball really historical?
Is Base Ball really historical?
Base ball was not “invented”. It is a game that has developed over time, and got its start much earlier than many people might think. Many might still believe that Abner Doubleday invented the game, but research has proven that to be nothing more than a myth, or a made up story at the time to try to make base ball “America’s Game”. You could fill a book on just that subject, and a few people have done just that. If you want to learn more about this myth, search for Mills Commission Abner Doubleday, and you will find many entries on the subject.
There were clubs playing by their own set of rules before 1857, and a few other clubs joined in, but the first codified “laws” of base ball, were written in 1857. The National Association of Base Ball Players set the rules starting in 1858 and every year, after the close of each season, clubs met in New York to “refine and adjust” the rules, given that they had another year under their belts of playing the game. This is where the “development” of the game came about. Every year throughout the 1860s and 1870s, there were adjustments and updates to the rules, and that continued on even in the later part of the 19th century.
To answer the question, who was the first team to play base ball, is almost impossible, but there are a few clubs that in the early days, were pioneers of the game. The Knickerbocker Club, the Gotham BBC, the New York Club, and others, all played a role.
Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams, William Wheaton, Alexander Cartwright, Duncan Curry, Henry Chadwick, Jim Creighton, Harry Wright – these are just a few of the names from the early game that were instrumental in bringing us this great game.
The game went professional in 1868-69, and around that time, we had the formation of the American Association, the National Association, the National League, each with their own set of clubs, and sometimes rule sets.
Some early games that may have had an influence, are rounders, cricket, one old cat and town ball. All had their own set of rules, and some are quite interesting, but New York rules base ball is its own game, America’s Game.
There are many great books on the subject, and if you have an interest in learning more, check out VBBA.org for rules, book recommendations and more.
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