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 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:

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.

Home events in bold

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - at Rum River Rovers in Anoka County

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - at La Crescent

Sunday, June 18, 2017- at The Landing, Shakopee, MN

Saturday, June 24, 2017- Rochesterfest Parade, 2 pm
The Living History Fair will be participating with the parade unit.

June 25, 2017 Rochesterfest; Schmitt Field, Rochester, MN
Hens vs Chicks exhibition match, 4:30 pm; Roosters vs Road Runners, 6 pm
Kickoff to 20th Anniversary Celebration; Turfdog Memorial Dedication
Raffle Drawing -  need not be present to win
Trader Joe’s Root Beer Floats

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - at Independence Day Celebration, 12 n - 4 pm
Historic Forestville; Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, Preston, MN
Roosters vs Lanesboro; 12 n - game time 1:30 pm

July 15-16, 2017 - Living History Fair at History Center of Olmsted County
Roosters Classic Vintage Base Ball Festival
Sat. - 3 Base ball matches; Roosters, La Crescent Apple Jacks, Menomonie Blue Caps
Sun. - 3 Base ball matches; Mankato Baltics, Quicksteps; Northfield Silver Stars

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - at Highland Prairie Church, Fillmore Co, MN

July 29, 2017 - Menomonie Festival

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - Vintage Base Ball at The Days of Yesteryear
Hens vs Chicks 11 am; Parade of Power 1 pm; Roosters vs La Crescent Apple Jacks 1:45

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - Rochester Fire Dept vs Rochester Police Dept

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - Gladiolus Days (Flowerfest) at St Charles, MN, Winona County Fairgrounds - 12:00pm game time - Roosters vs Excelciors of Lanesboro

September 10, 2017 -  Roosters vs Ice Hawks - 12:00 pm start time - Schmitt Field, History Center of Olmsted County grounds

September 16, 2017 - at La Crescent

September 2017 - at Byron Sesquicentennial - 2:00 pm game time - Roosters vs group of local ball players - Byron Middle School

Is Base Ball really historical?

Evidence of games played with a stick and a ball goes back thousands of years. The American game of Base Ball as you and I know it, has its origins in the English games of rounders and cricket. The rules varied quite a bit in the early days, and it wasn’t until 1845 that the New York Rules were written down by Alexander Cartwright. These rules were taught to folks here and there by Mr. Cartwright himself as he crossed the country from New York to California. It wasn’t until 1857, however, that the very first Convention of Base Ball Players took place in New York City. It was the first step in progressing towards the formation of the National Association of Base Ball Players and the adoption of the Rules and regulations of Base Ball (the very same on the Roosters and Hens use) in 1860.

Shortly after, the Civil War began. Massachusetts Ball and New York Ball were being played in Civil War camps across the nation, but New York ball gained favor. Pretty soon, men and boys returning from the war spread base ball across the land! The first all-professional team originated in 1869. They were known as the Cincinnati Red Stockings. The first professional league, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs, formed only two years later.

In 1907, an historical commission concluded that the rules of modern Base Ball were invented in the year 1830 by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York. This story eventually proved to be false, but the myth lives on – Cooperstown is the current home of the National Base Ball Hall of Fame!


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