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The Bearded Barnstormers: House of David Baseball

Tuesday, January 31, 12:00 p.m. (Eastern)

with Brian Carroll, Israelite House of David

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Event Details

Date: January 31, 2023

Location: Virtual

Cost: Free for members, $7 for non-members


In the first half of the twentieth century, the Israelite House of David—a religious commune in Benton Harbor, Michigan—was known all over North America for its barnstorming professional baseball teams. The bearded Christian Israelites, billed as a novelty act and dubbed “Whiskerinos” by sports journalists, were expert ballplayers who took to the road just prior to World War I. They entertained generations of fans with their offbeat look, humorous antics, famous “pepper game,” and fast-paced style of play.