Kalamazoo baseball

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Kalamazoo Public Library Web Coordinator Keith Howard says baseball was probably first played in Kalamazoo in the 1850's. He says a man named John McCord came back to Kalamazoo from upstate New York, and persuaded his friends to try the new game.

Growlers play home opener Friday against Battle Creek

Battle Creek Bombers

Kalamazoo has not had a minor league baseball team since the Kings ceased operations after the 2010 season. 

Battle Creek Bombers


Minor League baseball is returning to Kalamazoo next summer. 

The Northwoods League is a summer league for college baseball players. It has 16 teams, including the Battle Creek Bombers