The Rum River Rovers Vintage Base Ball Team

Rum River Rovers Vintage Base Ball

The Anoka County Historical Society has partnered with the Rum River Rovers to share the fun of vintage base ball.

The Rum River Rovers play base ball using the rules, customs, and uniforms that were part of the game in 1860. In addition to the vintage uniforms, vintage base ball differs from modern baseball in other noticeable ways:

  • Vintage base ball players don’t wear gloves.
  • A batter is out if a hit ball is caught either in the air or after one bounce.
  • Vintage base ball is a gentlemen’s game. The only job of the umpire is to call foul balls. Players determine all other plays on their own.

About the Rum River Rovers

The Rum River Rovers Base Ball Club of Anoka County Began in 2013. Most players on the team either grew up in Anoka County or live here now. The Rovers team has included both men and women, with players ranging in age from teenagers to 70 years old.

Most Rovers games take place in Minnesota or western Wisconsin, but they have also played in Milwaukee and the “Field of Dreams” in Dyersville, Iowa.

Come join the Rum River Rovers and the Anoka County Historical Society for some historical, competitive fun!

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2017 Rum River Rovers Schedule

Date Location Notes
May 6th Home Event  
May 14th Columbia Heights, MN Keys Park
May 20th Afton, MN Crocker Park
June 10th   La Crescent
June 17th Scandia, MN Beer Tasting at Hay Lake School
July 9th Mankato, MN N. Mankato Fun Days
July 22nd Stillwater, MN Stillwater Lumberjack Days
July 29th Menomonie, WI  
August 12th Afton, MN Crocker Park
August 19th Afton, MN Split squad with Afton in La Crescent
August 20th Barron County, WI  
August 26th   Field of Dreams All Comers Matches
September 16th   Bayport Derby Days
September 23rd   Home Event
October 14th Red Wing, MN  
October 21st   Stache Ball All Comers Match



Rum River Rovers jersey

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