Lewes Base Ball Club

The Lewes Historical Society is proud to be the home of the Lewes Base Ball Club, sponsored by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.  Lewes Base Ball Club is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League and the Vintage Base Ball Association.  It is an educational program at the Society designed to tell the story of baseball in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  It also demonstrates the history of social and athletic life in Lewes.

The earliest known reference to baseball in Lewes is from February 1874, when a match pitting Lewes against Milton was advertised for March 1, 1874. Unfortunately the outcome of that contest is not known. Lewes played home to a member of the Eastern Shore Baseball League in the early and mid 20th century.

The Lewes Vintage Base Ball Club plays by 1864 rules, which have several differences from contemporary baseball.  The most notable differences are the ability to catch the ball on one bounce for an out and no gloves permitted for fielders. Additionally, pitchers throw underhand, batters are called strikers, strikes are called when a striker does not attempt to swing the bat after a warning from the umpire, and foul balls can be caught on the bounce for an out.

“2014 is the fifth year for the Lewes Vintage Base Ball Club; therefore, we have a good grasp on the rules, more practice under our belts and we are excited for the outcome of the season. We look forward to having our fans in the stands cheering us on,” said Mike DiPaolo, executive director of the historical society.

Cheer on the Lewes Base Ball Club during the 2014 campaign! The club plays its home matches at the University of Delaware Lewes Campus Virden Conference Center grounds at 700 Pilottown Road.

2014 Schedule: "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"

(Most games begin at 1:00pm. Each date is a double header!  Call 302-645-7670 for time confirmation.)

APRIL
Saturday 4/5: Away vs. West Chester Brandywines
Sunday 4/13: Home vs. Rising Sun
Sunday 4/27: Home vs. Elkton Eclipse

MAY
Sunday 5/4: Away at Dover Days Tourney (Milford & DS)
Sat/Sun 5/17-18: Away at Cooperstown, NY Tourney (Brooklyn & Flemington Neshanock)
Sunday 5/25: Home vs. Milford BBC

JUNE    
Sunday 6/8: Away vs. Milford BBC
Saturday 6/21: Home vs. Brooklyn Atlantics & Milford BBC

JULY
Saturday 7/12: Away vs. Diamond State
Sat/Sun. 7/19-20: Away at Gettysburg Vintage Base Ball Festival, PA Tourney
Saturday 7/26: Away vs. Mohican BBC of Kennet Square

AUGUST
Sunday 8/10: Away vs. Elkton Eclipse
Sunday 8/24: Away vs. Talbot Fairplays

SEPTEMBER
Sunday 9/14: Home vs. Diamond State
Sunday 9/21: Home vs. West Chester Brandywines

OCTOBER
Sat. & Sun. 10/4-5: Mid-Atlantic Championship Tourney (Bethpage, NY)

Lewes Vintage Base Ball Games: Sponsored by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Click here for the 2014 Press Release.

Cool Press!:
Vintage Base Ball Pays Homage To Area's Sporting Past
By: Bryan Russo // April 25, 2012 on WAMU 88.5 American University Radio