Whaley Historic House Museum
Thank you for a fantastic 2017 season!
See you in 2018!
There are many ways to participate whether you want to be a ballist or dress up as a crank.
Call 810-471-4714 or check out the Facebook Page for information on our open practices!
We play on the a unique space nestled along the Flint river on the University of Michigan-Flint's campus.
The field was part of a mill owned by Henry Howland Crapo, one of the largest timber processors in the state and governor of Michigan from 1865-1869.
It was the several thousand acres of lumber-rich lands that served as the basis of wealth for the Whaleys. Mrs. Whaley's father, Alexander Mcfarlan, amassed a fortune in lumber that he parlayed into banking, the principal source of the wealth for Mary and her siblings.
Vintage base ball is a modern amateur sport that combines contemporary features with elements of the game as it was played in the nineteenth century. Our goal is to entertain audiences with authentic competition in a way that provides a meaningful connection with the sport, recreation, and history.
This is not simply an endeavor thought up by a few baseball fans, but an interpretation of an historical form of entertainment. During the Gilded Age, as families moved away from farms that required constant labor during the daylight hours and to the cities where the work day was only a portion of an individual's time, leisure activities grew greatly in popularity. This is especially true of the upper and middle class families, but even working class families allowed themselves to get wrapped up in the emerging professional sports organizations and baseball was one of them. The Lumber City Base Ball Club attempts to remain historically accurate by wearing authentic-style uniforms, playing WITHOUT a glove, following nineteenth-century rules dating from between 1858-1867, and using appropriate lingo.