In December 1997 the Quicksteps, a Twin Cities vintage base ball club, challenged the Washington County Historical Society to a match game of 1860 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.

The 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:

2020 Vintage Base Ball Schedule

Times to be determined

Saturday May 16: Rum River Rover Festival – Booster Park, East Bethel, MN 22267 Palisade St. NE

Saturday June 6: vs. Quicksteps TBD

Saturday June 20: Hay Lake School Beer Tasting Event. Scandia, MN

Sunday June 28: vs. Forest Lake Brewers @ Forest Lake, MN 600 3rd Avenue SW

Saturday July 4: vs. Silver Stars @ Northfield, MN 198 Lincoln St. South [below St. Olaf Old Main bldg.]

Saturday July 18: Lumberjack Days @ Stillwater, MN with Afton, Menomonie, Rum River

Saturday Aug. 1: @ Menomonie, WI event

Sunday Aug. 23: @ Barron County [WI] Historical Society with Menomonie & Sand Creek

Saturday Sept. 12: vs. Silver Stars @ Northfield, MN

Saturday Sept. 19: @ Arlington, MN