In December 1997 the Quicksteps, a Twin Cities vintage base ball club, challenged the Washington County Historical Society to a match game of 1858 rules base ball (to follow the vernacular of the day, we use two words). WCHS accepted and decided to revive the Saint Croix Base Ball Club to defend the honor of the St. Croix Valley and the National Pastime.

 Through the sponsorship of Andersen Windows, the Saint Croix Base Ball nine again took to the diamond as part of Lumberjack Days 1998.

vintage_base_ball_3The vintage base ball matches played in Minnesota essentially emulate the game that would have been played after the 1857 nine inning rule took effect and prior to the 1864 rule change that changed the one-bound out rule starting in 1865. The minor rule variations that took place between these years are sometimes open to debate. A stealing rule, and occasionally other rules and conventions are agreed to prior to a match. Vintage clubs around the country do not necessarily play the exact same 1860 game because of variations that go beyond the 38 sections in the rule set. The 1860 “New York Rules” game that the St. Croixs follow was also played by Civil War soldiers during times of leisure, which helped to make it a pastime for the entire nation.

To learn more about the Washington County Historical Society Vintage Base Ball program, contact WCHS Executive Director Brent Peterson by calling 651.439.5956 or by e-mail:

2016 Vintage Base Ball Schedule

Times Subject to Change


Saturday, May 14th – Quickstep Event  with the Rum River Rovers & Afton Red Socks

Saturday, May 21stTierney Memorial Cup @ Pettit Park, Afton, MN


Saturday, June 4th – Mankato Event

Sunday, June 12th – Rochester Event

Saturday, June 18th – Hay Lake School House Exhibition Game [Rum River Rovers vs. Menomonie Blue Caps] @ Hay Lake School Museum, Scandia


Saturday, July 2nd – vs. Forest Lake Brewers @ Schumacher Field, Forest Lake – 2:00 PM

Monday, July 4th – vs. Northfield Silver Stars @ St. Olaf Field, Northfield, MN – 1:00 PM

Saturday, July 16th – Lumberjack Days Vintage Base Ball Exhibition  @ Old Athletic Field, Stillwater

11:00 am – Afton Red Socks vs. Rum River Rovers

12:00 pm – La Crescent Applejacks vs. Northfield Silver Stars

1:00 pm – St. Croixs vs. Quicksteps

2:00 pm – Rum River Rovers vs. Northfield Silver Stars

3:00 pm – St. Croixs vs. La Crescent Applejacks

4:00 pm – Quicksteps vs. Afton Red Socks

Saturday, July 30th – At Menomonie Event


Sunday, August 7th – Washington County Fair Exhibition

Sunday, August 21st – Barron County Historical Society [Menomoni Blue Caps & Rum River Rovers] @ Cameron, WI

Saturday, August 28th – vs. Becker Buzzards @ Becker Athletic Complex, Becker, MN – 2:00 PM


Saturday, September 10th – Defeat of Jesse James Days Exhibition @ Sibley Elementary School, Northfield, MN

Saturday, September 17th – Arlington Event

Sunday, September 25th – vs. Afton Red Socks @ Pettit Park, Afton, MN – 1:00 PM


Saturday, October 15th – Old Frontenac Festival [with Rum River Rovers, Le Cresent Apple Jacks, & Red Wing Crescents]