For the love of the game!

The Douglas Dutchers Base Ball club was formed in order to provide historic value to the Douglas and Saugatuck communities. It was established to promote historical education for the community through the participation in an 1860 vintage setting. It has promoted increased interest in - not only, sporting events of that era and the beginnings of baseball in America - but, a general knowledge of other aspects of that era.

The field is significant in it’s own right, as sporting events have taken place on Beery Field as far back as 1860. The field has also received a WPA (Works Progress Administration) grant in 1935 under the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration. The grant was obtained to rebuild the ball field as a recreational and educational site to be used for and by the community.

Youth of the community benefit from the theatrical and historical value of having a vintage baseball team in their community. Teachers enjoy having the children watch the games and report back to the class the historical value of the matches, and how, not only the game, but the atmosphere of the events compared to the modern day. The elderly find the ‘throwback’ games therapeutic to watch, as nursing homes in the area bring patients to the matches.

Our operation is the hard work of many devoted persons - whether contributors or persons on the team or the front office.

Call (269) 857-7055 to make a contribution. We are looking for grants and contributions to keep our club going. We also sponsor fundraising events to benefit the club.

News & Events

Dutchers Remember Pieter Lion As Community Mainstay

posted Wed June 06, 2018

Pieter Lion, long-time friend and supporter of the Dutchers, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 3, 2018.  Pieter was a member and Chair of the Douglas Planning Commission, and member of the Tri-Community Planning Commission. He was appointed to the Village of Douglas Council and served as President of the Douglas Council. Pieter loved dogs, photography, fly-fishing, reading & rare books, and classical music, especially Bach. He enjoyed studying logic, history, and military ethics. He was a fan of Manchester United and Netherlands National soccer team. The Douglas Dutchers send their thoughts, prayers, and condolences to his wife Patricia and family. 

Remembering the Downings

posted Tue March 20, 2018

The Douglas Dutchers would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family of former ballist, Scott “Scooter” Downing.  Scooter recently lost his mother, Marie Downing, and his mother-in-law, Jan Wollpert, both of whom were ardent supporters and spectators at many Dutchers games.  They will be greatly missed and always remembered.

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