Rochester Grangers

Vintage Base Ball Club

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  • Welcome

      Welcome to the website of the Rochester Grangers Base Ball Club! The current version of the Grangers formed in 1999, and have been entertaining crowds ever since!

    The Grangers play their home matches on the beautiful grounds of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
    After each home match, the cranks (fans) are invited to join both clubs in their post game meal in the 1927 Calf Barn. If you need directions, just click on the CONTACT US! button.


    An excellent way to learn more about vintage base ball is to read the Grangers Interpretive Manual.

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    Latest News

    Jimmy John Field

    The Rochester Grangers may be playing an exhibition match this summer at Jimmy John Field!

    Schedule

    The preliminary 2017 schedule is posted, with 6 home matches:

     

    MAY
    20th - vs. Wyandotte Stars at Halbach Field
    JUNE
    4th - vs. Spiegel Grove Squires at Van Hoosen Farm
    10th - vs Cheboygan at Van Hoosen Farm
    JULY
    1st   - vs Royal Oak Wahoos at Van Hoosen Farm
    20th - vs Bay City Independents at Van Hoosen Farm
    SEPTEMBER
    10th - vs Northville Eclipse at Van Hoosen Farm

    The World Series of Historic Base Ball

    The Grangers will once again be playing in the World Series of Historic Base Ball at Greenfield Village on August 12-13.

    Granger Blog

    Be sure to check out Moonlight's Blog for full stories about the Rochester Grangers!
  • Granger History

    The current version of the Rochester Grangers was formed in 1999, but the origins of base ball in Rochester, Michigan go back much farther!

    Organized sports started in Rochester in the late 1860s. There was a town base ball club as early as 1873, and by 1875 there was a merchant's league - in that year the Grangers beat the Mechanics 25-15. Rochester supported a base ball club that played surrounding towns well into the 1930s. Another local club that formed around that time was the Independents.

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    From The Past...

    Newspaper clippings are courtesy of Van Hoosen Museum.

                 Newspaper clipping from August 27, 1874


                 Newspaper clipping from September 4, 1879

                 Newspaper clipping from August 12, 1875

               Newspaper clipping from August 28, 1879

             Newspaper clipping from September 2, 1875
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  • Grangers 2017 Schedule

     

    All home matches start at 1 PM unless otherwise noted. Cranks are invited to dine with both clubs after the match in the Dairy Barn.
    MAY
    6th - at Flint Lumber City

    20th - vs. Wyandotte Stars at Halbach Field during the Greater Rochester Heritage Days

     

    JUNE
    4th -   vs. Spiegel Grove Squires at Van Hoosen Farm
    10th - vs Cheboygan at Van Hoosen Farm
    18th - at Northville Eclipse

    24th - at  Lemont (Illinois) Quarrymen Classic Vintage Base Ball Festival

     

    JULY
    1st   - vs Royal Oak Yahoos at Van Hoosen Farm
    9th    - at Akron Cup
    16th  - at Greenfield Village
    29th  - at Cheboygan

     

    AUGUST
    5th - at Detroit Early Risers

    12th/13th - World Series of Base Ball at Greenfield Village
    20th - vs Bay City Independents at Van Hoosen Farm
    27th - at Canton Cornshuckers

     

    SEPTEMBER

    10th - vs Northville Eclipse at Van Hoosen Farm

     

     

     

     

  • Our Home Field

    Van Hoosen Farm
    1005 Van Hoosen Rd,
    Rochester Hills, MI 48306

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  • What is a Granger?

    The Grange started in 1867 as a farmer's protest movement against powerful railroad companies that controlled everything from freight charges to schedules.  The crusade roared across the country, gathering members and political clout.  Within eight years of its founding there were 21,000 Granges across the United States with a total of 850,000 members.  Among the organization's numerous accomplishments was the passage of state laws regulating railroad monopolies (known as Granger Laws) eventually leading to the Interstate Commerce act of 1887 and, three years later, the Sherman Antitrust Act.


    Oliver Kelley, a zealot for farmers' rights, founded the organization.  While working as a government clerk for the Bureau of Agriculture, Kelley toured America and came away fueled by stories like that of the farmer whose only profit from his crop after freight charges was enough money to buy a pair of shoes.  Kelley enlisted the help of a fellow employee and together they founded the Fraternal Order of the Patrons of Husbandry, the formal name for the organization that was to give farmers a united voice.


    The Grange fathers took their radical concept and embellished it with nostalgic romantic trappings popular at the period.  For example, the organization is structured to symbolize old English farms known as granges.  The Grange Hall represents the entire farm estate and the person who heads each chapter is known as the Worthy Master.

    Like the Masons, Grangers pursued a series of "degrees".  There are seven Granger degrees, each involving a phase of moral instruction.  Those who achieve them are able to participate in elaborate ceremonies.


    From a biblical standpoint, the Grange movement followed the book of Ruth  the story of Ruth's fidelity to her widowed mother-in-law, and her humble gleaning of a wealthy man's fields expressed many of the ideals Grangers hold dear.


    Although bordering the anachronistic, the feminine touch is another reflection of the Grange's pioneering history  the organization was one of the first in the country to admit women as full members.  In fact, three positions in the Grange are for women only.  These are named after figures from Roman mythology  Flora, goddess of flowers; Pomona, goddess of fruits; and Ceres, goddess of agriculture. Women have played leading roles in Grange history, often using the organization to forward feminist causes.  In Michigan, Mary Mayo, a state Grange leader in the 1870s pressed the Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University), to admit women.  Another state Grange leader, Dora Stockman, launched her political career as a Granger.  In 1938, while serving as a state representative, she helped draft the Michigan Hospital Service Bill to assure farm families, among others, medical coverage  this program became Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan.  The Rochester Grange, No. 257, Patrons of Husbandry, was organized with thirty-five members in March, 1874 with M.P. Newberry as its Master and Frank Thorpe, secretary.  There were sixty members in 1877.


    For more information visit the website of the Michigan State Grange.