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Lewes Base Ball Club

The History of the Lewes Base Ball Club

The Lewes Historical Society is proud to be the home of the Lewes Base Ball Club (2016 Delaware State Champions!), 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.

Come cheer on the Lewes Vintage Base Ball Club! The Club's 2018 Home Field is at The Villages of Five Points at the field behind Greene Turtle along Old Orchard Road.  Most games begin at 12:00pm and most dates feature a double header. Call 302-645-7670 for confirmation.

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

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

2018 Schedule

April 15

Away at Fort DuPont State Park

11am- Diamond State Base Ball Club

1pm- Mohican Base Ball Club

3pm Brandywine Base Ball Club


May 5th

Away at Woodburn (Dover)

12:30pm- Diamond State Base Ball Club

June 3rd

Away at Salisbury

Double Header 12&2pm- Fair Plays of Talbot

July 1st

Home vs. Diamond State Base Ball Club

Double Header 12&2pm

July 15th

Home vs. Fair Plays of Talbot 

Double Header 12&2pm

July 21st-22nd

Away at Gettysburg National Base Ball Festival 

August 12th

Home vs. Rising Sun Baseball Club

Double Header 12&2pm

September 23rd

Away at Good Stay Center (Wilmington)

Double Header 12&2pm