THE APPLE JACKS: A Base Ball Club of La Crescent

A gentleman's game, but not a gentle game

The Apple Jacks Base Ball Club is a community outreach program of the La Crescent (MN) Area Historical Society.

2021 Schedule

Date Day Time Location Field Opponent (s)

Apr 16-18 Fri - Sun TBD Dearborn MI VBBA Conference All Welcome -Pickup Games Sat Aft.


May 22 Sat 12:00 PM La Crescent MN Old Hickory Park Roosters of Olmsted County 3:00 PM 1135 Jonathan Lane Quick Steps


Jun 11 Friday 6:00 PM Wykoff MN Dream Acres Farm Fillmore Fungi

Co Hwy 8, Spring Valley MN


Jun 12 Sat 12:00 PM La Crescent MN Old Hickory Park Fillmore Fungi

3:00 PM 1135 Jonathan Lane Menomonie Blue Caps


Jun 26 Sat TBD Lake St. Croix Beach, MN Pettit Park Afton Red Socks

TBD 2030 St. Croix Trail S Afton Red Socks


Jun 27 Sun 12:00 PM Highland Prairie MN Highland Prairie Church Highland Prairie Hayseeds

1:30 PM 43267 Bowl Dr, Peterson MN Highland Prairie Hayseeds


Jul 17 Sat TBD Stillwater MN Old Athletic Field TBD

TBD 6th St S & Orleans TBD


Jul 18 Sun TBD Rochester MN Schmitt Field Mankato, Quick Steps or Roosters

TBD 1195 West Circle Dr SW Mankato, Quick Steps or Roosters


Jul 31-Aug1 Sat - Sun TBD New York City NY TBD Fungi Trip - All Welcome


Aug 7 Sat TBD Lanesboro MN Softball Field Cream Citys, Baltics or Fungi

TBD 382 Coffee St W Cream Citys, Baltics or Fungi


Aug 14 Sat TBD Rochester MN Schmitt Field Roosters of Olmsted County

TBD 1195 West Circle Dr SW Quick Steps


Aug 21 Sat 12:00 PM La Crescent MN Old Hickory Park Fillmore Fungi

3:00 PM 1135 Jonathan Lane Quick Steps


Aug 28 Sat TBD Twin Cities MN Area TBD All MN Teams Invited


Sep 4-5 Sat -Sun TBD Columbus OH Ohio Village MN Union Team - All Welcome


Sep 12 Sun 12:00 PM Highland Prairie MN Highland Prairie Church Highland Prairie Hayseeds

1:30 PM 43267 Bowl Dr, Peterson MN Highland Prairie Hayseeds


Sep 18 Sat 12:00 PM La Crescent MN Old Hickory Park Fillmore Fungi

3:00 PM 1135 Jonathan Lane Quick Steps

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Members of the Apple Jacks also play as members of the Union Base Ball Club of Minnesota.

WATCH THE VIDEO [Click on link below]

WXOW-TV 19 Feature Story by Heather Armstrong featuring the Apple Jacks and Bill Ohm

Hurrah to Heather Armstrong!

FIELD OF DREAMS MEMORIES

2015 STORY 2015 VIDEO LINK 2015 PHOTOS 2016 PHOTOS 2016 STORY

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WHAT IS VINTAGE BASE BALL?

Prior to the Civil War, base ball was a new game and rules developed over time. By 1860 there were many base ball clubs east of the Mississippi and the sport was growing. On March 14, 1860 in New York, the National Association of Base-Ball Players adopted 38 rules as written down by Henry Chadwick and published in Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player: A Compendium of the Game, Comprising Elementary Instructions of this American Game of Ball. Click on this link to see all 38 Rules of 1860.

Elements of 1860s base ball:

· The pitcher does not wind up; he throws underhanded, actually pitching (like horseshoes) to get the player to hit. “Hurler” was not used until 1906.

· The ball is 9-3/4 to 10 inches in circumference and stitched leather.

· Bats are round and wood, mostly ash or maple.

· No gloves are used – fielding gloves were not introduced until 1875.

· Bases are often made of canvas and filled with sand.

· The Umpire does not call balls and strikes, but 3 misses is an out.

· A striker or batsman (batter) is not walked.

· There is no bunting – it wasn’t part of the game until 1886.

· A ball may be caught on a fly or first bound (bounce) for an out; a foul ball or foul tip caught on a fly or first bound is an out.

· A base runner is not tagged; he is “touched with the ball.”

· A run is also called an “ace.”

Spectators should cheer for good play

from both clubs.

Spitting, swearing, and wagering

are not allowed.

Our custom is for players to politely ask the scorekeeper to record their ace; the players then ring a bell to signify their feat

(Photo: Jim "Scoop" Schupbach rings the bell).

THANKS MERCHANTS!

Bill "Ho-hum" Ohm presents to Jay Friedl of Merchants Bank a bat signed by all the Apple Jacks players and personnel commemorating their 10th season and the importance of Merchants Bank's sponsorship.

Merchants Bank-La Crescent has been the corporate sponsor since the Club's founding in 2004.

The Apple Jacks Vintage Base Ball Club is a member of the Vintage Base Ball Association (VBBA) and the Union BBC of Minnesota (all Minnesota clubs).

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PLAYER/CAPTAIN

Joel "Hefty" Affeldt

CAPTAIN EMERITUS

Bill "Ho-Hum" Ohm

SCOREKEEPER

Lady Joan Ohm

UMPIRE

Prince Peter Petersilie

HISTORICAL SOCIETY REPRESENTATIVE

Mary McLaughlin

To learn more, click on the Vintage Base Ball Association's website about rules and customs: The VBBA

Apple Jacks Base Ball Club of La Crescent - Established 2004


EMAIL: lacrescentapplejacks@gmail.com

Prince Peter Petersilie and Lady Joan Ohm

Apple Jacks website © 2017 La Crescent Area Historical Society