"It measures just nine inches in circumference, weighs only about five ounces, and it made of cork wound with woolen yarn, covered with two layers of cowhide, and stiched by hand precisely 216 times.
It travels 60 feet 6 inches from the pitcher's mound to home--and it can cover that distance at nearly 100 miles an hour. Along the way it can be made to twist, spin, curve, wobble, rise, or fall away.
The bat is made of turned ash, less than 42 inches long, not more than 2-3/4 inches in diameter. The batter has only a few thousandths of a second to decide to hit the ball. And yet the men who fail seven times out of ten are considered the game's greatest heroes.
It is played everywhere. In parks and playground and prison yards. In back alleys and farmers fields. By small children and by old men. By raw amateurs and millionare professionals. It is a leisurely game that demands blinding speed. The only game where the defense has the ball. It follows the seasons, beginning each year with the fond expectancy of springtime and ending with the hard facts of autumn.
Americans have played baseball for more than 200 years, while they conquered a continent, warred with one another and with enemies abroad, struggled over labor and civil rights and the meaning of freedom.
At the games's heart lie mythic contradictions: a pastoral game, born in crowded cities; an exhilarating democratic sport that tolerates cheating and has excluded as many as it has included; a profoundly conservative game that sometimes manages to be years ahead of its time.
It is an American odyssey that links sons and daughters to father and grandfathers. And it reflects a host of age-old American tensions: between workers and owners, scandal and reform, the individual and the collective.
It is a haunted game, where each player is measured by the ghosts of those who have gone before. Most of all, it is about time and timelessness, speed and grace, failure and loss, imperishable hope, and coming home."

"Baseball"
Written By: Ken Burns and Geoffry C. Ward
Spoken by Narrator: John Chancellor



 

 
 

Game vs Monstrose-Waverly Ends In Dramatic Fashion

  Posted May 25, 2017

Last night the Hollanders hosted the Montrose-Waverly Stingers for a non-league game. The Hollanders jumped to an early 2-0 lead as the boys scored one in the first and Jon Kummer notched his first Hollander homerun in the second. The Stringers were able to take the lead as they scored three between...

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Weekend

  Posted May 22, 2017

The Hollanders had two games rained out over the past weekend. The games against Hamburg and Young America will be rescheduled. Please stay tuned for updates....

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Twins Community Fund - Awards City of Cologne and Cologne Baseball Association $10,000 grant

  Posted April 29, 2016

There have been many changes to Robert G. Fritz Memorial Field in Cologne over the past 10-plus years. During that time the Cologne Baseball Association (Hollanders) and the City of Cologne have worked together on different projects. ...

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Twins Community Fund - Awards City of Cologne and Cologne Baseball Association $10,000 grant

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