Vintage Baseball at the Durham Athletic Park


The iconic Durham Athletic Park has hosted baseball games since 1926 and was even featured in an iconic baseball film, but Durham’s baseball roots are 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 Wytheville Statesmen, travelling from Virginia this year! Players will wear historic uniforms, follow historic gameplay, and use historic equipment. Game 1 will follow1860 Beadles Rules and Game 2 will follow1869 Beadles Rules.

We invite you to connect with the history of this sport, this place, and this community by enjoying a night out at the ball park.

Admission to the game is $5; children under 4 years old will be admitted free. Game tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite, at Duke Homestead's visitor center, and at the gate on game day.

Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon out at the ball park complete with “old fashioned” concessions, food, beer, and historic music. Spectators are encouraged to come dressed in your favorite historical, vintage, or retro inspired outfits.

This game is a fund raiser 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., Capitol Broadcasting, and Preservation Durham.

Free parking available at the lot at 412 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701. A couple of handicap spaces are available in the DAP parking lot.