2018 Ironclad Vintage Base Ball Festival





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The Monitor & Merrimack Base Ball Clubs of Chelsea invite everyone to come out to the ball field and enjoy the exciting and unique pastime of vintage base ball Saturday, July 21 at Chelsea High School at the Ironclad Festival.  This will be the third Ironclad in Chelsea, a day-long celebration of the origins of our nation’s pastime.  Eight men’s and ladies clubs from around Michigan will be playing matches on three separate fields throughout the day.

As always, there is no charge for admission to the Ironclad.  Just bring yourself, your friends, family and neighbors, and some lawn chairs.  The Kiwanis Club trailer will be on hand to provide refreshments throughout the day, and at 12pm enjoy live music from the talented Brian Brill.  You cannot beat the price, nor the commute to this great event.



For those who haven’t yet experienced vintage base ball, seeing the combination of dynamic sporting competition with historical re-enactment, played out in exciting and unscripted matches of 1860-rules baseball is a lot of fun and entertainment.  No sliding, no spitting, no swearing!  No gloves!  All with hustle, sportsmanship and camaraderie at its core.

Become involved with this great pastime.  Anyone interested is invited to not only come watch our matches, but also come practice with us and be a part of our match days.  Weekly practices take place at Timbertown Park in Chelsea, and are open to anyone interested, regardless of skill or age.  Well, 18+ please.  But most of us are well beyond that stage of our lives.

The Ironclad Festival is made possible and free to the public by the generous support the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation.  Please take a moment to check out all the great local wellness initiatives supported by 5HF at:  www.5healthytowns.org.

For more info about the Ironclad Festival, please find us on Facebook:  “Chelsea Monitors” or contact us at chelseamonitorbbc@gmail.com or at www.chelseamonitors.com.

For the love of the game, huzzah!

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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