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World Tournament of Historic Base Ball®
August 9-10, 2014
The Greatest Exposition of Historic Base Ball
Step back in time to 1867 as vintage baseball clubs from around the country compete by the game’s early rules in the greatest two-day exposition of historic baseball ever seen!

Clubs engage for two days in throwing, batting and spitfire competition until only one is left to be declared champion of the World Tournament of Historic Base BallTM. Add music, food, drama and legendary sports artifacts, and you’ve got everything that made baseball our great national pastime. The World Tournament of Historic Base BallTM is free to members and free with Greenfield Village admission.

   
Click here to view our official Greenfield Village Historic Base Ball website.

sample activities

Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, 9:30am - 5pm

  • Tournament Games
    9:30am – 5pm • Walnut Grove #1 and #2 & Hawthorne Glade
    See historic base ball games throughout the day.

  • DON'T MISS! Base Ball Artifacts
    9:30am – 5pm • Luther Burbank Birthplace
    Come see the actual championship trophy bat awarded to the Unknowns from Jackson, Michigan—winners of the first-class division at the World’s Base Ball Tournament in Detroit—and an original copy of Haney’s Base Ball Book of Reference for 1867 by Henry Chadwick. These and other base ball artifacts from the collections of The Henry Ford are on display.

  • 1867 Base Ball Skill Test
    10am – 5pm • Village Green
    Try your hand at pitching and see how fast you can run the bases.

  • Massachusetts Rules Game
    9:30am – 11am • Village Green
    Play the pre-Civil War stick-and-ball game that preceded the game of 1867.

  • 1929 Medley
    1pm – 3:30pm • Near Scotch Settlement School
    A 15-minute music medley celebrating the founding year of The Henry Ford!

  • Simply Gershwin
    11:30am • 12:45pm • 2:15pm • 3:30pm • Town Hall
    Celebrate George Gershwin in this lively, 30-minute music, comedy and dance revue.

  • Model T Medley
    11:45am • 2:30pm • Near Scotch Settlement School
    A 10-minute music medley with a dash of Model T humor.

  • Cricket
    11am – 4pm • Village Green
    Learn and play another early stick-and-ball game— cricket—with expert Tom Melville.

  • Players’ Skills Competition
    1:30pm – 2:30pm • Walnut Grove #1 and #2
    Come see the most accurate thrower, the fastest runner and the farthest thrower from among the tournament clubs.

  • Championship Game (Sunday only)
    2:30pm • Walnut Grove #1

  • Awards Ceremony
    (Immediately following the championship game)
    Walnut Grove #1
    A $300 cash prize will be awarded to the champion club, and a bag of peanuts will go to the club with the least number of victories, just as in the 1867 World Tournament!
    Pottery prizes handcrafted by the artisans of Liberty Craftworks in Greenfield Village.

pricing
All activities are free with Village admission.

MEMBERS free of charge
NON-MEMBER SENIORS age 62 & up, $22
ADULTS age 13-61, $24
YOUTH age 5-12, $17.50
CHILDREN 4 & under are free.

Parking is $5 per vehicle.

what to bring, what to wear
Greenfield Village is spread over dozens of acres-- comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes are a must. A large portion of activities are held outdoors, rain or shine. Dressing for the weather is a must. Bring umbrellas / rain gear and prepare for a wide range of temperatures, especially if you will be staying into Saturday evening. Folding chairs are also recommended for those who cannot stand for long periods.

Wheelchairs are available for a small fee at the Village entrance. Electric scooters are also available for a fee, but only in limited supply. Wheelchairs and scooters are rented on a first come, first served basis-- plan to arrive early if you need to rent them. You are welcome to bring your own wheelchair or scooter, however, upright scooters (Segways) are not allowed on premises.

Children's wagons are also available to rent for a fee at the Village entrance. You are welcome to bring your own stroller or wagon, however, recreational scooters, bicycles or in-line / in-sole skates are not allowed inside the Village gates.

Bring a camera; photography is allowed in all areas of the Village.

special
Tickets to Greenfield Village are available online, through The Henry Ford Call Center (open 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm) 313-982-6001 and at all admissions counters. Tickets can be mailed when reservations are made 2 weeks or more in advance. Tickets purchased less than 2 weeks out will be held at Village Will Call.

directions/maps
The Henry Ford is located in Dearborn, Michigan on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard, just west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12).
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
From the East or West via I-94:
Take I-94 to the Oakwood Boulevard exit; go north on Oakwood. The Henry Ford is 2.5 miles from the exit on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard.
From the South via I-75:
Exit to northbound Southfield Freeway (M-39); drive 4.1 miles to Oakwood Boulevard (Exit 4). Left on Oakwood and drive 1.8 miles.
From the North via Southfield Road (or I-96):
Take Southfield Freeway (M-39) south 4.5 miles past I-96 and exit at Michigan avenue (Exit 6). Continue on the Southfield service drive (veer left) for .5 mile. At the first stoplight, turn right onto Village Road (through the iron gates) and drive .75 mile.
Metro Detroit often has major construction projects. Please check the following sites for the latest on construction areas and road closures.
Michigan Department of Transportation
AAA Traffic & Construction Report