Quicksteps THE QUICKSTEPS

photo of Quicksteps base ball club

Member Vintage Base Ball Association

The Quicksteps first took the field in 1994. Clad in 1860-style uniforms and using authentic reproductions of 1860 equipment, the Quicksteps have played over 160 matches in 17 seasons in five states. The Quicksteps show base ball (two words) as it was played in the milestone year of 1860, when a uniform code of rules and practices was first in use and when play had spread throughout the nation. The club has entertained audiences at historical festivals in Minnesota such as the Winona Victorian Fair, Stillwater’s Lumberjack Days, and St. Paul’s Wild West Frontier Fest, and has performed at permanent attractions such as Historic Fort Snelling, (St. Paul), Murphy’s Landing (Shakopee), Dakota City Heritage Village (Farmington), James J. Hill Farm (North Oaks), Brooklyn Park Historic Farm, and Living History Farms (Des Moines, IA). The club has also annually since 2005 demonstrated the game before a Minnesota Twins’ contest, first at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and beginning in 2010 at Target Field.


The Quicksteps' Club Song Tune: non-descript, but resembles the theme from Leave It To Beaver

We are a band of ball players
From Minnesota's cities.
We're here to toss the ball around
And sing to you our ditty.

Hurrah for the Noble Game,
For the Noble Game, Hurrah!
The Quicksteps all
Will toss the ball
And shout a loud Hurrah!


QUICKSTEP BBC SCHEDULE 2013

 

Sat. May 18 Combined team with St. Croix of Stillwater, Abnet Fields, LaCrescent, MN, near S. 14th Street & Spruce Street, with LaCrescent Apple Jacks and Mankato Baltic, time TBA

       

Mon. May 27 (Memorial Day) Combined nines, play with the visitors and intrasquad practice, at The Landing in Shakopee, 2187 E Hwy 101, 1:30 p.m.

       

Sat. June 1 First Nine, at Keyes Park, 45th Avenue and McLeod Street, Columbia Heights with Mankato Baltic & (possibly) picked nine from other vintage clubs, full 1860 rules and practices. Time TBA.

       

Sat. June 15 First Nine, at Keyes Park, 45th Avenue and McLeod Street, Columbia Heights, with St. Croix and Rover BBC, games 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. RESULTS: QUICKSTEP 10, ST. CROIX 7; ROVER 15, QUICKSTEP 4 (7 INNINGS, RAIN)

 

Sun. June 16 Second Nine, Father's Day match at The Landing in Shakopee, 2187 E Hwy 101 with Shakopee Catholic Community (S.C.C.), 1:30 p.m.

       

Sun. June 23 Second Nine at Hill Farm in North Oaks, as part of Hill Farm Historical Society's Ice Cream Social. 2 Martin Lane, North Oaks, with Hill Farm Huckleberry Finns, 3:00 p.m. RESULT: HUCK FINNS 24, QUICKSTEP 3

       

Thursday July 4 Second Nine, at The Landing in Shakopee, 2187 E Hwy 101, with S. C. C. 1:30 p.m.

 

Thursday July 4 Second Nine, at Eden Prairie Fourth of July Hometown Celebration, with picked nine. Round Lake Park, 16691 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie, 6:00 p.m.
 

Sat. July 20 First Nine, at Stillwater for festival hosted by the St. Croix, Old Athletic Grounds, 6th & Orleans St., with other clubs attending, timed matches, 1:00 p.m. RESULTS: QUICKSTEP 8, ST. CROIX 2; ROVER 15, QUICK-STEP 0

Sat. July 27 First Nine, at Roosterfest, Olmsted Co. History Center, 1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester, MN, with St. Louis Union BBC. Noon. 

Sun. August 4- First Nine, at Jordan, sponsored by the Dakota - Carver Steam Threshing Association, at its grounds,

7151 W 190th Street, Jordan, with Arlington Grays and Mankato Baltic. Time TBA

 

Wed. August 14- Second Nine, Hayes School, 611 Mississippi St., Fridley, as part of the Fridley Historical Society's

Augustfest with Fridley Historical Society picked nine, 7:00 p.m.

       

Sun. August 25 First Nine at Afton, MN, softball field, south of 2030 Saint Croix Trail South, Lakeland, MN, with other teams attending. Time TBA.

 

Mon. Sept. 2- Second Nine at The Landing in Shakopee, 2187 E Hwy 101 with S. C. C., 1:30 p.m.

 

Sat. Sept. 14 First Nine at Arlington, MN, Arlington Ball Park, 197 Douglas St., time TBA

 

Sat. Sep. 14 Second Nine at Lanesboro, MN, Lanesboro Softball Field, Co. Rd. 8, with picked nine, 4:00 p.m.

 

Sat. Sep. 28- Second Nine vs. picked nine, Heritage Celebration, Riley-Jacques Barn, 9096 Riley Lake Rd., Eden Prairie, time TBA


Quicksteps Vintage Base Ball Club 2012 Match Results

Sat. May 19  Combined team with St. Croix of Stillwater, Abnet Fields, LaCrescent, MN, near S. 14th Street & Spruce Street, vs LaCrescent Apple Jacks and others, time TBA

       

Mon. May 28 (Memorial Day)- Combined nines, play with the visitors and intrasquad practice, at The Landing in Shakopee, 2187 E Hwy 101, 1:30 p.m.

       

Sat. June 2- First Nine, at Huset Park,  Jefferson Street between 39th and 40th Avenues, Columbia Heights. vs. picked nine from other vintage clubs, full 1860 rules and practices. Match result: Picked Nine 11, Quickstep 10

       

Sat. June 16 First Nine, at Keyes Park, Columbia Heights, vs. St. Croix of Stillwater and Baltic BBC of Mankato. Results: Baltic 11, Quickstep 6. Quickstep 7, St. Croix 5

 

Sun. June 17 Second Nine, Father's Day match at The Landing in Shakopee, vs. S.C.C. of Shakopee. Result: Quickstep 9, S.C.C. 6.

 

Sun. June 24- Second Nine at Hill Farm in North Oaks, Hill Farm Historical Society's Ice Cream Social vs. Hill Farm Fighting Buckthorn. Result: Fighting Buckthorn 3, Quickstep 1 (8 innings)

 

Wed. July 4- Second Nine, at The Landing in Shakopee, 2187 E Hwy 101, vs. S.C.C. of Shakopee 1:00 p.m., match 1:30 p.m. Result: Quickstep 8, S. C. C. 2 (5 innings, weather)

 

Sat. July 14 First Nine at South St. Paul vs. South St. Paul VFW Alumni, McGuire Field, 300-346 8th Street South, South St. Paul. 2:00 p.m. Result: Quickstep 12, South St. Paul VFW Alumni 7

   

Fri. July 20 Second Nine at North St. Paul vs. picked nine, Little Kunkel Field, Hwy. 36 & McKnight Road, N. St. Paul, 7:00 p.m. Result: North St. Paul Sentinels 9, Quickstep 1

 

Sat. July 21- First Nine, at Stillwater for festival hosted by the St. Croix, Old Athletic Grounds , 6th & Orleans St., vs. St. Croix, Afton Red Socks, others. 11:00 a.m. Results: Olmsted County Roosters (Rochester, MN) 11, Quickstep 5 (5 innings); St. Croix of Stillwater 7, Quickstep 6 (4 innings)

 

Sun. August 5- First Nine, at Jordan, sponsored by the Dakota - Carver Steam Threshing Association, at its grounds, 7151 W 190th Street, Jordan.  vs. Arlington Grays. Result: Greys 6, Quickstep 3

 

Mon., August 13- Second Nine, Hayes School, 611 Mississippi St., Fridley, as part of the Fridley Historical Society's Augustfest. vs Fridley Historical Society picked nine . 7:00 p.m. Result: Huck Finns 6, Quickstep 3 (5 innings, darkness)

       

Sat. August 18- First Nine, at Osceola, WI vs. Osceola Onions. Result: Quickstep 13, Onions 9.

       

Mon. Sept. 3- Second Nine at The Landing in Shakopee, 2187 E Hwy 101 vs. Tri-Parish Youth Group. Result: Quickstep 12, S. C. C. 6

 

Sun. Sept. 9 First Nine at Denmark Twp, vs. Denmark Twp. Demons, Denmark Twp. Hall Grounds, 90th St. S. and Evergreen Avenue, Denmark Twp., Washington Co., time TBA

 

Sat. Sept. 15 First Nine at Arlington, MN , Arlington Ball Park, 197 Douglas St., time TBA

 

Sun. Sep. 16 (tentative)  Target Field demonstration

Sun. Sep. 30- Second Nine vs. picked nine, Heritage Celebration, Riley-Jacques Barn, 9096 Riley Lake Rd., Eden Prairie, time TBA


Quicksteps Vintage Base Ball Club 2011 Match Results

Mon. May 30 (Memorial Day)- Combined nines, match with the visitors at The Landing in Shakopee, 2187 E Hwy 101, 1:30 p.m.

       

Sat. June 11- First Nine, at Huset Park, Field #5, Jefferson Street between 39th and 40th Avenues, Columbia Heights. vs. St. Croix of Stillwater, Northfield Silver Stars. 10:00 a.m. Match results: Quicksteps 12, Northfield 2; Northfield 9, St. Croix 5

        

Sun. June 12 Second Nine, at Huset Park, Field #5, Jefferson Street between 39th and 40th Avenues, Columbia Heights. vs. Methodist Marvels, 1:00 p.m. Match results: Quicksteps 18, Methodist Marvels 1 (6 inn.)

 

Sun. June 19- First Nine, Father's Day match at The Landing in Shakopee,  2187 E Hwy 101. vs. the Olmsted County Roosters and Mankato Baltics. 10:00 a.m. Match results: Mankato Baltics 11, Quicksteps 5. Olmsted County Roosters 23, Quicksteps 9.

       

Sun. June 26- Second Nine at Hill Farm in North Oaks, as part of Hill Farm Historical Society's Ice Cream Social. 2 Martin Lane, North Oaks, vs. Hill Farm picked nine, 3:00 p.m.Match result: North Oaks Fighting Buckthorns (replaces Hill Farm picked nine) 5, Quicksteps 0.

       

Mon. July 4- Combined nines, match with the visitors at The Landing in Shakopee, 2187 E Hwy 101, 1:30 p.m. 

   

Sat. July `16 Second Nine at Fort Ridgely State Park, 7 miles south of fairfax, MN, on Highway 4, vs. Fort Ridgely Defenders, time TBA. Match result: Cancelled by state shutdown of parks.

 

Sat. July 23- First Nine, at Stillwater for the tournament hosted by the St. Croix, Old Athletic  Grounds , 6th & Orleans St., vs St. Croix, Afton Red Socks, others. 11:00 a.m. Sat. July 30- First Nine, at Olmsted Co. History Center, 1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester. Three timed matches vs. various clubs, 11:00 a.m. Match results: Onion BBC (Osceola, WI) 2, Quickstep 1; Quickstep 10,St. Croix BBC (Stillwater, MN) 9

       

Sat. July 30- First Nine, at Olmsted Co. History Center, 1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester. Three timed matches vs. various clubs, 11:00 a.m. Match results: Quickstep 10, Silver Star BBC (Northfield, MN) 4; Quickstep 7, St. Croix BBC (Stillwater, MN) 1
 

Sun. August 7- First Nine, at Jordan, sponsored by the Dakota - Carver Steam Threshing Association, at its grounds, 7151 W 190th Street, Jordan.  vs. Arlington Grays. Time 2:30 pm. Match result: Quickstep 5, Grays BBC 1

 

Mon., August 8- Second Nine, Hayes School, 611 Mississippi St., Fridley, as part of the Fridley Historical Society's Augustfest. vs Fridley Historical Society picked nine . 7:00 p.m. Match result: Fridley Historical Society picked nine 13, Quickstep 4

       

Sat. August 13- Second Nine, vs. picked nine of the Richfield Historical Society, History Center Grounds, 70th St. & Lyndale Ave. 2:00 p.m. Match result: Richfield Historical Society picked nine 23, Quickstep 13

 

Sun. August 21- First Nine, at Pettitt Park, Lake St. Croix Beach, MN, 2100 St. Croix Trl S., vs Afton Red Socks. 2:00 p.m.Match result: Quickstep 6, Red Socks BBC 1.

       

Mon. Sept. 5- Second Nine at The Landing in Shakopee, 2187 E Hwy 101 vs. Cromulent  Shakespeare Company. 1:30 p.m. Match result:Quickstep 10, Cromulent Shakespeare Company 4

 

Sat. Sept. 17- FirstNine and Second Nine, intrasquad demonstration at Target Field following Twins game, about 3:30 p.m.

 

Sat., September 24- First Nine, at Denmark Twp. Hall Field, Denmark Twp, MN, 90th Street and Oakgreen Street, vs. Demons BBC of Denmark Twp.1:00 p.m. Match result: Quickstep 33, Demons BBC 4



photo of Quicksteps base ball club at Target Field
Vintage demonstration at Target Field on September 18, 2010. Standing left to right: Andregg, Spilman, G Nelson, Buckland, Anderson, M'Caffrey, LaVigne, Luloff, Ernst, Englund, Tate, M Tholkes and Stone.
Kneeling, left to right: Janzen, Bowman, Maurer, Maurer-Jones, Arpi, Smith, Lindsay, C Nelson and R Tholkes.


Quicksteps 2012 Roster

Michael (Professor) Andregg

Michael (Clipper) Anderson

Rich (Aces) Arpi, Captain

Barry (Easy Does It) Bengtsson

Joe (No Nickname) Biernat

Josiah (No Nickname) Biernat

Chris (Barrister) Bowman

Fred (Sure Shot) Buckland

Jake (Ground Rule) Englund

Doug (Orator) Ernst

Jerry (Traveller) Janzen

Leon (The French Revolution) LaVigne

Charlie (Son of Death to Flying Things) Levitt

Dan (Death To Flying Things) Levitt

Phill (The Producer) Lindsay

Howard (Chopsticks) Luloff

David (No Nickname Yet) Maurer

Jonathan (Candy) Maurer-Jones

Christopher (Rufus) Nelson

Gregg (Big Swede) Nelson

Paul (The Solon) Ostrow

Geoff (Haute Cuisine) Roether

Cary (Admiral) Smith

Jefferson (The Director) Spilman

Mike (No Nickname Yet) Eisele

Dave (No Nickname Yet) Schultz

Tom (King Tut) Tuttle

Bruce (The Judge) Stone, Umpire

Bob (Slow Trot) Tholkes, Manager & Umpire

Mary (Needles) Tholkes, Scorer/ Costumer/ Throng Relations

 

  Woman's Club: 

Lisa Anacker
 Sara Bolin

Katie Gwost

Rosie Gwost

Mary Wright

 

Emeritus: 

John (Stretch) Gregory, Incline Village, NV

Paul (Clipper) Harris, Denver, CO

Bill (Old Candy) Tholkes, Long Beach, CA

Tommy (Candy) Wegrzyn, Boston, MA

Jim (The Count) Wyman, Mansfield Center, CT

Rob (G.I.) LaVigne, US Army

 


 "All Ears"

photo of Quicksteps base ball clubSeveral Quicksteps listen intently to a post-game congratulatory speech.
Any dissimilarity to a scene in the Monty Python sketch, Upper Class Twit of the Year, is purely accidental.

 

 

 


 "Romancing the Ball"

photo of Quicksteps base ball clubThree Quicksteps tango around a ball in the grass.
No injuries were suffered performing this intricate maneuver.

 

 

 

 


2010 Quicksteps Vintage Base Ball Club Match Results

17TH SEASON SCHEDULE

All dates are tentative and subject to change. Additional matches may be organized. Match scores will be reported here, as soon as practicable after receipt from the telegraph company or pony express.

  • Sun., May 23- Open Nine, at Horihan Field, LaCrescent High School, 1301 Lancer Blvd., LaCrescent, MN. The St. Croix and Roosters also plan to attend. Games at 12:30 and 2:30 (approx). Match results: Quicksteps 5, Olmsted County Roosters 2 and LaCrescent Apple Jacks 6, Quicksteps 4.
  • Mon. May 31 (Memorial Day)- SABR Nine, match with the visitors at The Landing in Shakopee, 2187 E Hwy 101, 1:30 p.m.
  • Sat. June 12- Open Nine, at Huset Park, Field #5, Jefferson Street between 39th and 40th Avenues, Columbia Heights, hosted by the Quicksteps. The St. Croix and LaCrescent are expected to attend. Quicksteps games at 10:00 a.m. vs. the St. Croix and 2:00 vs. LaCrescent. Match results: Quicksteps 6, St. Croix 2 and Quicksteps 4, LaCrescent 2 (6 innings, rain).
  • Sun. June 20- Open Nine, Father's Day match at The Landing in Shakopee, 2187 E Hwy 101, with the Olmsted Co. Roosters, 1:30 p.m. Match results: Quicksteps 12, Roosters 12 (tie, 10 innings).
  • Sun., June 27- SABR Nine, new event, at historic Hill Farm in North Oaks, vs. picked nine as part of Hill Farm Historical Society's Ice Cream Social. 2 Martin Lane, North Oaks. 2:00 p.m. Match results: Quicksteps 3, Hill Farm Historical Society AllStars 1.
  • Sun. July 4- Open Nine, at The Landing in Shakopee, 2187 E Hwy 101, with the Mankato Baltics, 1:30 p.m. Match results: Quicksteps 22, Baltics 4.
  • Sat. July 17- Open Nine, at Olmsted Co. history Center, 1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester, for the tournament hosted by the Roosters. Schedule TBA. Match results: Won three timed matches.
  • Sun. July 18- SABR Nine, at Huset Park, Field #5, Jefferson Street between 39th and 40th Avenues, Columbia Heights, vs. picked nine of Community United Methodist Church, 1:00 p.m. Match results: Quicksteps 10, Methodist Marvels 6.
  • Sat. July 24- Open Nine, at Stillwater for the tournament hosted by the St. Croix, Old Athletic Grounds , 6th & Orleans St. Match results: Won two timed matches.
  • Sun., Aug. 1- SABR Nine, new event, game against a pickup nine at Eagan, part of Eagan 150 celebration. Eagan Community Center Festival Grounds, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, 4:00 p.m. Match results: Picked Nine 1, Quicksteps 0 (12 innings).
  • Mon., August 2- SABR Nine, the annual Fridley event, vs picked nine of the Fridley Historical Society, Hayes School, 611 mississippi St., Fridley, 7:00 p.m. Match results: Picked Nine 19, Quicksteps 3.
  • Sun. August 8- Open Nine, at Jordan with the Arlington Grays. Match sponsored by the Dakota - Carver Steam Threshing Association, which holds its annual show that weekend. Scott Co. Fairgrounds, 7151 W 190th Street, Jordan. Parade 1:00, match 2:00. Match results: Grays 8, Quicksteps 7.
  • Sat. August 14- SABR Nine, the annual Richfield event, vs. picked nine of the Richfield Historical Society, History Center Grounds, 70th St. & Lyndale Ave. 1:00 p.m. Match results: Quicksteps 4, Richfield Historical Society AllStars 0.
  • Sat. August 21- Open Nine, at Mankato vs. the Mankato Baltics, 3:00 p.m. Match results: Quicksteps 13, Baltics 5.
  • Mon. Sept. 6- SABR Nine vs. the Cromulent Shakespeare Co., at The Landing in Shakopee, 2187 E Hwy 101, 1:30 p.m. Match results: Quicksteps 18, Cromulent Shakespeare Company 2.
  • Sat. Sept. 18- Open Nine and SABR Nine, intrasquad demonstration at Target Field following Twins game, about 3:30 p.m.
  • Sun. Sept. 19- Previously scheduled Brooklyn Park match is cancelled.