MARCH 1, 2011

Calling all North Valley ballplayers! Love baseball? Want to play?

Pioneer is putting together an 1860s style base ball team!

Pioneer Living History Museum (PLHM) is forming a Vintage Base Ball Team. Anyone, male or female, from 12 to 85 years of age, who is interested in some good old-fashioned fun with friends and family, is invited to the kick-off meeting at PLHM on Saturday, March 26. This will include a practice session and will run from 5:00PM until 7:00PM, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing- no steel-cleats on shoes, please. You don’t even need a glove.

If you haven’t seen a Vintage, 1860’s-style ball game, you’re going to love the experience. This is a game for everyone, even the spectators, who are called “Cranks.” While 1860’s rules apply, the friendly competition has no place for big egos or steroids! “We play for fun; and we play to win; but most of all, we play for the friendship and camaraderie. We know each other better and become closer than in any other game that I’ve been involved in.” said Jim Roth of the Bisbee Bees.

The first scheduled game will be played at Pioneer on April 30th against the Arizona Territories Stars and Stripes Base Ball Team; so if you think you’re up for a friendly game, come on out to PLHM on March 26th at 5:00 p.m., and join the fun. If all goes as planned, Pioneer’s team could join in league play, beginning next October.

Find out more about PLHM at  or call them at: 623.465.1052. To learn more about Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball, go to their website at:

Pioneer Living History Museum is located off I-17 at Pioneer exit 225. It is just south of Daisy Mountain and north of Carefree Highway.