Join Duke Homestead State Historic Site at the historic Durham Athletic Park for an evening with two vintage baseball games on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The Durham Athletic Park has hosted baseball games since 1926 and was even featured in an iconic baseball film, but Durham’s baseball roots run even deeper. The first century of baseball was marked by racial segregation and separate leagues for Black and white athletes at the DAP until the 1950s; however, Duke Homestead welcomes all people to participate and honors the struggles and achievements of the many players over the past century who brought us the Durham baseball culture we know today. The Duke Homestead team will be playing a vintage baseball team, the Hog and Hominy Pick 9, from Tennessee. Players will wear historic 1860s uniforms, follow historic 1860s gameplay, and use historic equipment.
We invite you to connect with the history of this sport, this place, and this community by enjoying a night out at the ballpark. Retro, vintage, and historic attire are encouraged — we believe in vintage style, not vintage values.
Admission to the game is $5. Children under 4 years old will be admitted free. Game tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite, as well as at the gate on game day. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a family-friendly evening out at the ballpark complete with “old-fashioned” concessions, food, beer, and historic music.
Early Bird tickets ($3) are available until Sept. 17. They can be purchased online (use code "EarlyBird"), or in person at Duke Homestead, Stone Brothers and Byrd, and Measurements, Inc.
This game is a fundraiser for the Duke Homestead State Historic Site and it is sponsored by the Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation (the site’s volunteer, non-profit support organization), the Durham Bulls, Measurement, Inc., Stone Brothers and Byrd, Capitol Broadcasting, Chez Moi Bakery, Verville Preservation, and Ashby Insurance Agency, Inc.
**We are unable to offer refunds on purchased tickets. All canceled tickets will be considered a donation to the site and will be used for future educational programming.**
The Historic Durham Athletic Park is located at 500 W. Corporation St., Durham. For more information, call Duke Homestead at 919-627-6990.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, three science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 41 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the N.C. Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, and the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please visit www.ncdcr.gov.