Nineteenth-Century “Base Ball” Returns to Hagley Museum and Library for an Out-of-the-Ballpark Afternoon of Family Fun

July 31, 2013

Hagley Museum
Wilmington, Delaware
August 2013

Grab your cap and glove and head to Hagley Museum and Library’s All-American Day on August 25. The afternoon will feature nineteenth-century games for families to play and an exciting nineteenth-century “base ball” game between the Diamond State Base Ball Club and Flemington Neshanock Base Ball Club for families to watch. Activities begin at 1 p.m. Admission to All-American Day is free, but donations are encouraged. Use Hagley’s Buck Road Entrance off Route 100 to attend the event only. All-American Day activities are also included with general museum admission. All-American Day is an outdoor event. Please dress appropriately and bring your own seating.

This afternoon will be a homerun with families! Visitors are invited to join “batting practice” (a fun game of rounders) or play other nineteenth-century games such as tug-of-war and hoop-and-stick. Scotty’s Hot Dog Shack will be selling hot dogs and other American favorites. Families are welcome to pack a picnic lunch or snacks to enjoy during the game. Diamond State Base Ball Club takes on the Flemington Neshanock Base Ball Club at 2 p.m.

“Hagley Museum and Library is a Let’s Move! museum. All-American Day is a great way to get kids outside, moving, and having lots of fun!” says Museum Educator Ruth Lonvick. Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthy and able to pursue their dreams.

About Diamond State Base Ball Club

The Diamond State Base Ball Club (DSBBC) is based upon a club of the same name, one of the first known amateur baseball teams in Delaware. Organized in September 1865, the original club played in Wilmington from 1865 until the mid-1870s and was the pre-eminent amateur team in the state during that era. The modern day Diamond State club wears uniforms replicating those worn by the original ball club and plays according to base ball rules and customs of the mid-1860s, utilizing reproduction equipment. DSBBC’s vintage base ball matches are a unique blend of athletic competition and living history exhibition.

For additional information about the Diamond State BBC, please visit their website at

About Hagley Museum and Library

At Hagley, we invite people of all ages to investigate and experience the unfolding history of American business, technology, and innovation, and its impact on the world, from our home at the historic DuPont powder yards on the banks of the Brandywine.

For more information, call 302-685-2400 weekdays or visit

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