- The Milwaukee Cream Citys will take on the Milwaukee Greys
in an 1860s-style base ball game (as it was called then) at 11
a.m. Sunday in conjunction with a car show in the Richfield
Historical and Nature Park, 1896 Highway 164.
is sponsored by
the Richfield Historical Society.
Grier, event chairman, said the park setting is so perfect
that the Milwaukee Cream Citys Vintage Base Ball Club
contacted her and suggested the event. After two years she
decided to add a car show.
had a couple of vintage base ball games, somebody suggested,
‘Hey, why don’t you try a car show?’ And to me a car is
red or blue, so the first year I only had 12 cars there,”
after talking to two car-savvy men, she realized planning for
a car show needed to be done at least a year in advance.
guys plan vacations and tour all over, so last year I had 62
cars,” Grier said.
be food, beer and wine provided by Bilda’s Friess Lake Pub,
ice cream, kids skills competition, free chair massages by
Richfield Chiropractic and tours of the historic buildings.
Nagy, a member of the Richfield Historical Society, said the
event offers many different things for guests.
you’re a car buff, you get the chance to see anywhere
from 20-plus cars,” Nagy said. “And the old- fashion base
ball game is kind of interesting in itself and I always tell
people anytime they have a chance to come see the park they
should come out and see the park and the mill and learn about
the buildings and everything.”
base ball “club captain” Jeff Paige said he always enjoyed
baseball but was “long on desire but short on talent.”
Looking for something new to do, he contacted club founder
founded the club in 2004 when he was with the Milwaukee Museum
and it was intended just for a project on vintage baseball and
it has morphed 11 years later into a league,” Paige said.
people don’t just join the team, they are recruited based
off skill and sportsmanship.
have to have moral character and commitment to bringing the
1860 base ball to children, families, senior citizens, the
disadvantaged, the disabled and bringing the base ball to
them,” Paige said.
his wife, Barb, will be helping out at the event this year and
are hoping to get a chance to watch more of the game this
last year, but unfortunately we were at the farthest building
from the event doing tours so we couldn’t see much of it,”
even people who don’t enjoy baseball will have fun at this
not a baseball person, but they play by 1860s rules,” Grier
said. “You’ll get an admission booklet and
you’ll get a list of words.
You’re not a fan, you’re a crank. They don’t use
gloves, they might call themselves out, if the players get
warm they’ll ask permission from the ladies to roll up their
sleeves because they don’t want the ladies to be
it all the way,” Paige said. “We don’t only play a base
ball game, we create an event with the intention of creating
is $10 per car if entering through the classic cars entrance
and $7.50 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 through 12 and
free for children 5 and younger if entering through the park.