Background/History

The Quicksteps first took the field in 1994. Clad in 1860-style uniforms and using authentic reproductions of 1860 equipment, the Quicksteps have played well over 200 matches over 20 seasons in five states. A number of Quickstep players also play on a traveling team called, currently, The Union Club of Minnesota.  That team has played in Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Colorado, Missouri and within the state of Minnesota.  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), The 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 in 2010 and 2011 at Target Field.

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