Vintage 'base ball' takes root at old Tiger Stadium

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Yesterday at Corktown's historic Navin Field, site of old Tiger Stadium, two teams of ladies vintage "base ball" players came together for a charity match to benefit Alternatives for Girls.

Detroit River Belles captain Evette "Scrappy" Griffore touted the event as strong women playing base ball for a good cause.

"Hopefully we can get some awareness for girls in the city that all women can be strong," she said before the game.

The River Belles, behind National Women's Baseball Hall of Famers Carol Sheldon and Shawna Macurio, outslugged the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes, 19-11.

With a crowd of about 100 fans cheering them on, the River Belles and Derby Dimes raised nearly $700 for AFG.

For more info on vintage baseball at Navin Field, visit Vintage Base Ball at the Corner on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of the Navin Field Grounds Crew.

Video by Steve Lloyd.


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Dave Mesrey

SPJ Award–winning journalist Dave Mesrey is a veteran copy editor who’s worked for the Detroit Metro Times, Motor City Muckraker, The Detroit News, and ESPN’s Grantland.com. The editor of Willie Horton’s autobiography, “The People’s Champion,” Mesrey is also a founding member of the Hamtramck Stadium Grounds Crew...
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