Käseplatz Spiel und Sportverein, (English: Käseplatz Games and Sports Club), more commonly known as Käseplatz SSV, is a professional baseball club based in Käseplatz, Nassau, Günsovölk. They became the 17th team to turn professional in Günsovölk, after successfully being elected into the Baseball Meisterschaft for the 1908 baseball season, replacing Druten Stadt SV 91 who were voted out the previous year for poor performances.
Founded in 1901 as a way for members of the community to play organised sports together, Käseplatz SSV focussed heavily on baseball, cycling, athletics and swimming but by 1910 only baseball and athletics remained. In 1917, athletics was removed from the programme altogether, so the club could focus solely on baseball.
Käseplatz, or Cheese City, is a small city located just north of Kekerdom where the world famous Dooweiss Bergkäse cheese is produced. Famed for it’s hexagonal storage boxes, the cheese has been made since 1610 in the area, and the local economy has thrived as a result. The Käseplatz SSV logo resembles one of the hexagonal boxes that the cheese comes in.
The club plays it’s games at Aremback, named after a small stream called Arem Brook nearby, having been based there since the clubs founding. The rectangular field originally had cycling and athletics tracks surrounding it prior to the team turning professional in 1908 and stands were built on top. As a result, the ballpark is one of the most hitter-friendly places to play in the Southern Union, with a very short right field benefitting left-handed hitters significantly. A deep centre field stops things getting too messy for the pitchers who try to force groundballs to reduce the chances of giving up a home run. The outfield wall extends from 10 feet high in left to 12 feet high in right field.
Käseplatz SSV and its fans are sometimes referred to as Die Käsemacher (The Cheesemakers), and has an almost cult-like following with strong right-leaning political banners and songs being sung during games. Whilst much of the extremist views have been stamped out by the club, there have been notable incidents of racism towards black players in the past, particularly in the 1980s.
The home uniform of yellow jerseys, black sleeves and pants, with a yellow hat and socks has not changed since 1910.