Posing in the Driftless Dodgers uniforms are Loyal Rue (L) and Mary Klimesh (R). (Photo submitted)
Posing in the Driftless Dodgers uniforms are Loyal Rue (L) and Mary Klimesh (R). (Photo submitted)
The Decorah Driftless Dodgers vintage baseball team will embark on its second season this April.
Last season, the Driftless Dodgers were undefeated, and Loyal Rue, coach, manager and captain, thinks this season will be another barn burner.
The Driftless Dodgers is a coed team with players from 15 to 90 years old. They follow 1860 baseball rules: no gloves, no stolen bases, no overhand pitching, no swearing and no spitting.
Though the focus is to have fun, the Driftless Dodgers also are a service organization. Last year, they hosted a benefit game against the Decorah firefighters that raised money for the flood victims of 2016. This season, they also will host a game to raise money for a yet-to-be chosen charity.
The 2017 season includes a game with the Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity board at their dedication of the Hesper home tentatively set for May 14. They play the Highland Prairie Hayseeds June 17, and host the Menominee Blue Caps Sept. 16.
To join the Driftless Dodgers, contact Loyal Rue for more information (loyalrue@gmail.com). To check out more rules and information about 1860s baseball, visit vbb.org.