2002. June 7

Grand Rapids Press, June 7, 2002

Vintage baseball tourney is Saturday

The Kent Base Ball Club will host the Silas K. Pierce Cup vintage baseball tournament Saturday at the John Ball Park north and south grounds.

The tournament is named for the 1867 founding captain of the Kent Base Ball Club and is played annually by teams from throughout Michigan and the Midwest.

Among the teams participating will be the House of David Echoes from St. Joseph, marking the first time a team from the House of David has played in Grand Rapids in more than 60 years.

The tournament will feature eight teams from Michigan and Ohio, with games beginning at 9 a.m. In addition to the House of David, this year’s tournament features the Ludington Mariners, Berrien County Cranberry Boggers, Forest Cities from near Cleveland, Ohio, Rochester Granger, the Midland Mighty River Hogs, and two teams representing the Kent Base Ball Club of Grand Rapids.

All teams will play by vintage rules that were in existence at the time of the Civil War, and will appear in full period uniform. There is no admission for games and festivities.

Spectators are encouraged to bring picnic lunches since no food or beverages will be sold. Fans will be given an explanation of the rules, which are considerably different than those of today.

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Kent Base Ball Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA