Bark Peelers Vintage Baseball

Event Date: 5/19/2018
Time: 12:00 pm
Kids Corner Field
82 Monroe Street
South Haven, MI 49090


This game is a three Way Tournament with South Haven Bark Peelers, Kalamazoo Continentals and House of David. See our website for more information.


Vintage Base Ball refers to the game as it was played in the 1850s and 1860s. Although many of the rules at that time are similar to today’s game there are many significant differences; players did not wear gloves, the ball was slightly larger than a today’s hardball but not wound quite as tightly, the ball is, delivered underhand to the batter similar to slow pitch softball, any fly ball caught on one bounce is an out. The most important difference though did not relate to rules but instead to the philosophy of how the game was played. Because traveling from one town to the next was so difficult, it was considered the sacred duty of the home team to extend every courtesy to the visitors including finding lodging and hosting meals. This attitude carried over to the actual play of the game where sportsmanship was emphasized and “ungentlemanly” play was discouraged. Instead, players were encouraged to give the opponents a mighty “Huzzah” or “Well Played” if they made an exceptional play in the field.


Come see our gentlemen ballplayers at one of their many games. It’s sure to be a fun time for the whole family!


Other game days

Saturday, June 9th, 12:00 pm – Three Way Tournament with South Haven Bark Peelers, Livery Brewers and House of David at Kids Corner Field, South Haven

Saturday, June 23rd, 2:00 pm – South Haven Bark Peelers vs. Douglas Dutchers at Beery Field, Douglas

Wednesday, July 4th - House of David Tournament, Benton Harbor

Saturday, August 18th, 1:00 pm - South Haven Bark Peelers vs Kalamazoo Continentals at Kalamazoo

Saturday, October 6th - Hop Yard Classic at the Hop Yard, Benton Harbor

150 years
South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau
546 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: 269 637-5252