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

Helen F. DeGeatano Elected to Executive Board of VBBA

posted Mon March 24, 2014

Congratulations to Douglas Dutchers Founder Helen F. DeGeatano for being elected as a Trustee to the Executive Board of Directors for the Vintage Base Ball Association at the 2014 annual conference in Huntington, IN.  For a complete list of the new board members, please Click Here

2014 VBBA Conference

posted Sat March 15, 2014

The 2014 Vintage Base Ball Association Annual Conference will by hosted by the Huntington Champion Hill Toppers on March 21 - March 23 in Huntington, Indiana. The keynote speaker is author Peter Morris.  Registration fee is $60 for VBBA members, $40 for banquet dinner only, and $70 for non-VBBA members.  For more information, Click Here.

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