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Early Risers & Detroit River Belles

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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 $5 per vehicle.

Early Risers 2018 Base Ball Schedule

May 19 All Day Multi-Team Exhibition at the Fort - Vintage base ball teams compete for the Michigan Ohio Cup. Participating teams include the Early Risers,  Saginaw Old Golds , Walker Tavern Wheels Vintage Base Ball Club, Greenfield Village Lah De Dahs, Columbus Capitals, Alliance Crossing Rails, and Cleveland Blues. Teams will play a “round robin” style tournament on three fields - 10:30, 1:15, and 3:30 - all on the Riverfront Parade Ground. Games are 1.5 to 2 hours long.


June 10 HOME 1pm (during Civil War Days) - Early Risers vs. Union BBC of Dexter

June 23 & 24 Michigan Vintage Base Ball Festival AWAY (Frankenmouth) 2pm -Early Risers vs. Great Black Swamp Frogs (Sat @ 11:30). Early Risers vs. Bay City Independents (Sun @ 2:15)

July 7 Vintage Base Ball Day! HOME 11am -Participating teams include Walker Tavern Wheels Vintage Base Ball Club, Canton Cornshuckers Base Ball Club, Lapeer Tigers, Belleville Stags, Wyandotte Ghost Riders, and Wyandotte Stars. Teams will play a “round robin” style tournament on three fields - all on the Riverfront Parade Ground. One hour long matches with 15 minute breaks in between.

July 14 AWAY 11am - Early Risers vs. Walker Tavern Wheels Vintage BBC of Brooklyn, MI @ Brooklyn


July 22 AWAY 1pm - Early Risers vs Greenfield Village Lah-De-Dah BBC at GREENFIELD VILLAGE

July 29 AWAY 2pm -Early Risers vs. Canton Cornshuckers Base Ball Club @ Heritage Park, Canton


August 11 AWAY 2pm - Early Risers vs. Continental Base Ball Club of Kalamazoo @ Kalamazoo


August 19 HOME 1pm
- Early Risers celebrate their 10th Anniversary with a game against the Wyandotte Stars. 

August 25 AWAY - Base Ball Classic at Wyandotte

August 26 HOME 1pm - Early Risers vs. Royal Oak Wahoos


September 9 HOME 1pm - Early Risers vs. Greenfield Village Lah De Dahs

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 2018 Base Ball Schedule

No games scheduled for 2018

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