The Historic Fort Wayne Coalition continues its summer events Saturday, July 8 at the Fort, located at 6325 W. Jefferson (at the foot of Livernois), with a Vintage Base Ball tournament from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Fort’s resident team, the Early Risers, will host five other clubs from around the Great Lakes for the tournament, which demonstrates how base ball (in the 19th century the sport was expressed as two words!) was played more than 120 years ago. The teams include:

  • Lapeer Tigers
  • Union BBC of Dexter
  • Wyandotte Stars
  • Champion Hill Toppers from Indiana
  • And Fallasburg Flats BBC

The Early Risers have been Historic Fort Wayne’s team since 2009, and their name is derived from one of the earliest base ball teams in Detroit. Additional dates for the Early Risers playing vintage baseball at the Fort this season include Sunday, August 27 and Sunday, September 17.

Secured parking is $5 per vehicle. Admission is FREE for this event, but donations will be accepted. Guided tours of the Historic Fort Wayne complex will also be offered each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., priced at $5 for adults and free for children under 12.  The guided tours will include the Star Fort and barracks built in the 1840s, as well as the Spanish-American War Guard House.

The Fort’s regular public hours also continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday each weekend now through Sunday, October 29. Secured parking is $5, and admission is free. For more information on special events and activities at Historic Fort Wayne during 2017, visit www.historicfortwaynecoalition.com.