Vintage Base Ball

Early Risers & Detroit River Belles

Vintage base ball - where sports and history meet! 

The Early Risers Base Ball Team

The Early Risers 

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 is free. Parking is free.

Early Risers 2019 Base Ball Schedule

May 5 - HOME


Saginaw Old Golds at the Fort


May 19

At Northville

June 1- 2

Mayors Cup

640 Elliot Street Upper Sandusky, Ohio

June 9 - HOME


Straightfarmhouse of Nankin at the Fort 

June 22-23

At Frankenmuth (Michigan Vintage Base Ball Festival)


June 30


Rough and Readys of Stockbridge 

126 Webb St, Gregory MI

July 14 - HOME


Flat Rock at Fort


July 21

At Union BBC of Dexter


St. Joseph Catholic 'Country' Church

6917 Mast Rd. Dexter, MI

July 27 - HOME 
Vintage Base Ball Day


Early Risers, Kalamazoo, Wyandotte Stars, Northville, Royal Oak, Richmond, Stockbridge at Historic Fort Wayne

August 17-18

ABC Days - Early Risers v Richmond Bees

Port Hope

August 24

Wyandotte Classic

Wyandotte Memorial Park

1940 Ludington St, Wyandotte, MI 

September 8

Holly Festival - Early Risers v Wyandotte Stars

September 15 - HOME


Canton at the fort

September 22 - HOME

Lah-De-Dahs at the Fort (tentative)


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. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

Photo By Carol Sheldon

Detroit River Belles 2019 Base Ball Schedule

No games scheduled