The Henry Ford Hosts 13th Annual World Tournament of Historic Base Ball at Greenfield Village, August 8-9

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The tradition continues August 8-9, as the Lah-De-Dahs and the Nationals of Greenfield Village take on vintage clubs from Michigan, Indiana, New York and Ohio during the 13th Annual World Tournament of Historic Base Ball

World Tournament of Historic Baseball at Greenfield Village

The tradition continues August 8-9, as the Lah-De-Dahs and the Nationals of Greenfield Village take on vintage clubs from Michigan, Indiana, New York and Ohio during the 13th Annual World Tournament of Historic Base Ball. Sixteen teams will play game-after-game of historic base ball as they compete for the coveted title of World Champion. The catch? They’re playing by 1867 rules. Gloves are optional, no overhand pitching, gentlemanly play is always expected, and spitting is highly discouraged.

All weekend guests can celebrate America’s favorite pastime complete with live period music played by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band and authentic base ball artifacts on display, including the actual championship bat awarded to the Unknowns from Jackson, Michigan, winners of the 1867 World Tournament that took place in Detroit, Mich. Base ball enthusiasts can even take home a reproduction copy of Hanney’s Base Ball Book of Reference to brush up on how the game was meant to be played.

Those looking to find out if they have what it takes to play the game can do so during the Base Ball Skills Test or learn to play another early stick-and-ball game —cricket — with expert Tom Melville on the Village Green throughout the weekend. During the Players Skill Competition, guests can find out who among the tournament clubs is the most accurate thrower, fastest runner and farthest thrower.

The World Tournament of Historic Base Ball is free with membership or admission to Greenfield Village. Tickets are $25 adults, $22.50 seniors (ages 62 and up), $18.75 youth (ages 5-12) and free for children ages four and under. Discounted tickets can be purchased at Meijer. For more information, call (313) 982-6001 or visit thehenryford.org.

About The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized cultural destination that brings the past forward by immersing visitors in the stories of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation that helped shape America. A national historic landmark with an unparalleled collection of artifacts representing the Archive of American Innovation, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. More than 1.6 million visitors annually experience its five attractions: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus. In 2014, The Henry Ford premiered its first-ever national television series, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, showcasing present-day change-makers and The Henry Ford’s artifacts and unique visitor experiences. Hosted by news correspondent and humorist, Mo Rocca, this weekly half-hour Emmy-winning show airs Saturday mornings on CBS. For more information, please visit our website thehenryford.org.

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