Catch a Game This Coming Season

Picture this– a cloudless blue sky, green grass, the smell of a warm summer breeze, and base ball players catching the ball with bare hands. Warm weather is just around the corner and so is Vintage Base Ball. Sporting three fantastic teams, Delaware County is home to the Bovina Dairymen, the Delhi Polecats and the Fleischmanns Mountain Athletic Club (M.A.C.). Stepping back in time, three local teams pay tribute to the history of baseball by donning the uniform, rules and baseball philosophy of the 19th Century. 

Photo courtesy of Delaware County Vintage Base Ball Association

What is vintage base ball? Vintage base ball (yes, in the 19th century it was two words!) is an ode to the way base ball was played in the 1800s, when rules were changing yearly and only the catcher wore a mitt. Most vintage base ball teams play by a set of rules from a specific year, the Bovina Dairymen playing by the rules of 1895. Carrying on a long legacy of base ball, the Fleischmanns MAC were originally founded by Max and Julius Fleischmann in 1895. The team played until 1914 and was resurrected in true vintage base ball fashion in 2007. The game is competitive and fun, focused on bringing the community together for an exciting afternoon!

Photo courtesy of Delaware County Vintage Base Ball Association. Photo by Jason Martin.

The teams are preparing and the schedule is here! But it isn’t vintage base ball without a lot of community support. Feel free to pack a picnic, grab your friends, sip something refreshing and cheer on your favorite team. Start planning your adventure to participate in this vibrant tradition! 

Vintage Base Ball Schedule 2024
Games in Delaware County, NY
All games begin at noon unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, May 18th
Bovina Dairy Men v. Delhi Polecats @ Creamery Field, Bovina, NY

Sunday, May 19th
Fleischmanns M.A.C. v. Leatherstocking Baseball League Picked Nine – 2:30PM (’95) @ Historic M.A.C. Grounds, Fleischmanns, NY 

Saturday, June 8th
Bovina Dairy Men v. Delhi Polecats – 1pm @ the Meredith Dairy Festival

Saturday, June 23rd
Fleischmanns M.A.C. v. N.Y. Girls Baseball Picked Nine (’95/’64) @ Historic M.A.C. Grounds, Fleischmanns, NY

Saturday, July 13th
Edward B. Chace “Bass-Ball” Classic feat. Bovina Dairy Men, Delhi Polecats, Fleischmanns M.A.C. & Elizabeth Resolutes @ Crawford Field, Hamden, N.Y.

Saturday, August 3rd
Delhi Polecats v. Canton Cornshuckers – 11am @ Crawford Field, Hamden, N.Y.

Saturday, August 3rd
Fleischmanns M.A.C. v. Canton Cornshuckers (’67/’95) – 4pm @ Historic M.A.C. Grounds, Fleischmanns, NY 

Sunday, August 4th
Bovina Dairy Men v. Canton (MI) Cornshuckers @ Creamery Field, Bovina, NY 

Saturday, August 24th
Bovina Dairy Men v. Base Ball Club of Saugerties @ Creamery Field, Bovina, NY

 Saturday, September 14th
Bovina Dairy Men v. Fleischmanns M.A.C. @ Creamery Field, Bovina, NY

Saturday & Sunday, October 5th & 6th
4th Annual Cowtown Scramble Vintage Base Ball Festival

Saturday, October 19th
Fleischmanns M.A.C. v. Delhi Polecats (’95) @ Historic M.A.C. Grounds, Fleischmanns, NY

For all scheduled games, including those outside of Delaware County, click here.

Make a day of it! Coming to a game? Here are a few places to eat and drink while you are in the area:

Bovina, New York
Russell’s General Store 
Brushland Eating House
First Bloom Corner Store (Bloomville, NY)

Fleischmanns, New York
Goatie Whites
Aegean Flavors
The Village East Cafe
LaCabana Restaurant 

Hamden, NY
Hamden General Store
Hamden Inn