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 Return for 2022 Season

posted Sat April 30, 2022

After a 2 year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Dutchers are back in action for the 2022 season.  They will kick off the season at the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, MI on May 7.  Please visit the schedule page for the full list of events.  Note that more dates may be added as the season progresses.

2020 Season Cancelled

posted Mon June 22, 2020

The Douglas Dutchers have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 vintage base ball season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We hold the safety of our players and the public in the highest regard, even above America’s great pastime. We look forward to your continued support and seeing you out on the field in 2021.

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Next Event: Saturday, June 24, 2023 - 2:00 pm - vs. Elkhart County Railroaders BBC -