Atlantic Competes in World Base Ball Tournament

The Atlantic Base Ball Club answered the call of the World Tournament held in Dearborn, Michigan this past weekend.  Teams gathered to recreate an actual tournament that occurred in 1867 with a $300 top prize, just like it was back then!  Half of the team traveled by carriage while the other half was hurled through the air in a tin can yet somehow arrived safely many states away.

 

The Atlantics first round opponents in the single elimination tournament were the Petoskey Mossback BBC.  The Atlantics took the field first and although a batter reached base he could not make his ace.  When it was the Atlantics turn to bat, bat they did.  Seven tallies were counted before three hands were down.  The Mossbacks had difficulty getting hits off of Ed “Pigtail’ Elmore’s pitching while the Atlantics scored five more aces in the third inning and four more in the fifth.  The Mossbacks eventually scored an ace in the fifth and one more in the seventh but it was too late as the Atlantics prevailed by the score of 18-2.  Great defense was played at every position to keep the Mossback base runners to a minimum.  Richard ‘Cuz’ Baruso, Frank ‘Shakespeare’ Van Zant, Dean ‘Dreambucket’ Emma and Kevin ‘Flash’ Harrison all had three hits to help the Atlantics move on to the second round.

 

Awaiting us in the second round was another Brooklyn team, the Walker Tavern Wheels BBC (Brooklyn, Michigan) who had just defeated the Columbus Buckeyes.  The defenses of both squads started strong with the game scoreless into the bottom half of the third inning.  There the Atlantic offense burst out scoring six aces from singles by ‘Tricky’ Rick Stattler, Mike ‘Money’ Hill, Vincent ‘Tuna’ Aurora, a triple by Anthony ‘Dirty Pirate’ Cannino, more singles by Shakespeare, Dreambucket, Sean ‘Toothpick’ Ness and a double by Flash.  The wheels seemed to come off for the Tavern Wheels as they had runners on second and third with one out in the second inning, a runner on third in the third inning with no outs, runners on first and third with two outs in the sixth inning, and the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh inning but could not tally an ace in all of those opportunities. The pitching of Tuna and some good defense kept the Tavern Wheels from scoring just a single run until the last inning where they mounted their last attack to keep their championship dreams alive.  After scoring three aces, with one out a sizzling line drive flew off the bat that Money knocked down at second base and threw to first for the second out and snuffing the spirit of the comeback.  The Atlantics held on for the 10-4 victory and a trip to the semi-final match on Sunday.

Shakespeare led the Atlantics with three hits, while Greg ‘Hawk’ Dengel, Dreambucket, Toothpick and Flash each had two hits as well.

 

The semi-final match on Sunday morning was against the Bay City Independents BBC and would decide who would play later that day against the winner of the Columbus Capitals and Saginaw Old Golds BBC.

The Bay City team came out strong with three aces in the first inning, but the Atlantics responded with one ace of their own in the first and four more in the second on a bases clearing triple by Cuz.  Bay City got one back in the third inning and the Atlantics kept the pressure up by scoring three more with a double by the Dirty Pirate and singles by Shakespeare, Dreambucket and Flash.  The Bay City Boys kept their heads up though and scored five aces in the fourth, three more in the fifth and one more in the sixth to take the lead.  In the seventh inning, Matt ‘Krawler’ Kouyoumdjian cut down a runner at home on a base hit to right field but it would not be enough as the Atlantics fell by the score of 13-9.

The Dirty Pirate led the Atlantics with three hits and three aces, while Shakespeare, Hawk and Krawler each contributed two hits a piece.

 

Although the Atlantics did not reach the championships they did not go home empty handed.  The team was awarded the ‘Farthest Traveled’ prize and two Atlantic marksmen, Tuna and Flash were awarded 2nd and 3rd place in the Throwing Accuracy competition.

 

Talbot Comes Up Short in Silver Ball Bid

    The Talbot Fair Plays headed north to the village of Mumford, NY to participate in the National Silver Ball Tournament this past weekend.  It was the club’s seventh trip to the western New York event.  The Fair Plays displayed great defense all weekend and were attempting to win the tournament again, just as they had in 2013.  Unfortunately their efforts fell a little short.

 
    The team from Maryland opened their slate of games against the local Flower City club.  Talbot consistently put runs on the board, scoring in almost every inning, while holding their opponent scoreless until the bottom of the ninth.  The match ended with the Fair Plays victorious by a score of 18-3.  Next up was the excellent Spring Creek club, also from the western New York village.  The Spring Creek team entered the weekend with an unblemished record on the season and were fresh off of a 30 run outburst in their early morning game.  Once again the Fair Play defense was on full display as they held the fine striking club to only one run en route to an 11-1 win.
 
    The final match of day one for Talbot pitted them against one of the finest clubs in the Midwest, the Cleveland Blues.  Runs were hard to come by for both teams in this match as the score was tied at 2 in the middle innings.  Then Talbot was able to put a rally together, plating the 4 runs that would hold up as the difference in the game as the Fair Plays won the match 6-2.  This put the Marylanders in excellent position for day 2 of the tournament.
   
    Sunday morning the Fair Plays took on the local Live Oak club.  After allowing 3 runs in the top of the first the Talbot defense tightened up, allowing only one additional tally in the ninth inning on the way to a 16-4 victory and a berth in the championship match for the fourth consecutive season.
   
    The afternoon’s championship match in Silver Base Ball Park would be a rematch from Saturday as the Cleveland Blues defeated the local Victory Base Ball Club, last year’s runner-up, to earn the right to take on the Fair Plays.  The names of these two clubs have been all over the Silver Ball hardware in recent years, with Cleveland winning in 2010 and 2011, while the Fair Plays shared the title in 2012 and won it outright in 2013. 
 
    Sunday’s championship match began with Cleveland striking early, putting up 4 runs in the top of the first.  Cleveland added more runs in subsequent innings, building a 9 run lead.  Talbot was able to get several rallies started but was not able to find the timely hits it needed, leaving multiple runners on base on several occasions.  After pushing a couple of runners across the plate in the middle innings and a couple more late Talbot gave up one more run to the team from Ohio.  This would prove to be more than enough for the Blues as they defeated the Fair Plays by the score of 10-4.  It was a good weekend for the Fair Plays but they came up a little short to the excellent and very deserving champions from Cleveland.

 

Gettysburg Festival Great Time Had By All

Gettysburg, PA– Many of the MAVBBL clubs headed west this past weekend to Gettysburg for the 5th Annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival.  In what has become one of the best if not best vintage base ball events in the country, many of the league’s clubs outdid themselves.  18 vintage clubs from all over the country joined up  for games that were filmed by HBO, Comcast SportsNet, local news and many newspaper and photograph accounts.

The New York Gothams came out as the only undefeated club in the whole festival winning all 4 games it played.  The Atlantics finished 4-1 while 3-1 records were had by Talbot, Elkton, the Eckfords and Southern Delaware which was made up of Lewes and Milford.  Also participating was Philadelphia which showed a marvelous display of town ball against the Columbus Capitals; the New York Mutuals, the Flemington Neshanock, the Providence Grays, the Harrisburg Keystones, and the Washington Capitol Stars.

For more information about the Festival go to its website.  If you are interested in participating next year, send the Elkton club an email as soon as possible and throw your name in to the hat for one of the few spots that remain already for 2015!

Chessies Sweep Arundel

On Saturday afternoon, June 21, an overcast day with occasional sprinkles, the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore hosted the Arundel Excelsior Base Ball Club in a pair of matches at Jerusalem Mill Village.  In sharp contrast to their last outing against Rising Sun, the Chesapeakes racked up plenty of hits and aces and took both ends of a double header.  In the first match, every Chesapeake contributed mightily at the dish.  Pittsburgh led the attack, scoring four aces, while Spider, Weasel, and Moonshine tallied three aces each.  The final score was 23-15!  The second match proved to be more of a pitchers’ duel.  Silver Fox and Commodore held the Excelsior to four runs, and the Chesapeakes battled back from an early deficit and took the match 5-4.
Special thanks to the Arundel Excelsior Base Ball Club for a pair of well-played and gentlemanly contests, and to our Friends at Jerusalem Mill for providing both teams with a beautiful place to play base ball and for erecting a brand new scoreboard on our home field!  It looks great!  Huzzah!  And special thanks to Rehab’s wife Catherine, who did a great job as our inaugural scorekeeper.  Huzzah!

Rising Sun Wins Mid Summer’s Night Classic

Elkton, MD– The first midweek 19th century vintage base ball game in Cecil County, Maryland was played Wednesday night, June 18 in front of over 125 fans at the Terrapin Station Winery.  It was a benefit for one of the Eclipse’s fallen players, Alberto “Taco” Soto.  Mr. Soto succumbed to sarcoma over the winter.  He played for Elkton and had several friends on the Rising Sun Club.

In a great twi-night match, Rising Sun jumped on the Eclipse to take an early lead.  Elkton was never able to get going offensively and ended the night with just 12 hits and 6 runs.  Great base running and play by the Rising Sun club led to a 9-6 win.  It was their first win over Elkton since 1867.  In all, it was a great night that saw over $300 raised for the family of Alberto Soto and for Sarcoma Awareness and research.

 

Atlantics Win on Old Dutch Day

On a sunny Saturday in June the Elizabeth Resolutes joined the Atlantics to honor the memory of their founder Al ‘Old Dutch’ Dieckmann. Alongside them was his daughter Candice who traveled up from North Carolina to attend the event. These games hold a special meaning to the veteran Atlantics who remember Old Dutch well.
 
The first game featured a pitching matchup between Vincent ‘Tuna’ Aurora of the Atlantics against Danny Jurgens of the Resolutes. The Atlantics struck early and often scoring one ace in the first, three more in the second and three more in the third inning to take an insurmountable lead. The Atlantics combined hits with some opportunistic baserunning to take the first game in a shutout 12-0. Dean ‘Dreambucket’ Emma led the Atlantics with three doubles while Richard ‘Cuz’ Baruso and Kevin ‘Flash’ Harrison struck two hits each off the Resolute pitcher.

At the between game ceremony Atlantic Captain Ed ‘Pigtail’ Elmore presented Candice Dieckmann with a token of appreciation from the squad and also awarded the “Old Dutch Day” award to George ‘Wildhorse’ Ferchland for all of his efforts to support the Atlantics and vintage base ball over the years.
 
The second match was played to the rules of baseball as they were written in 1870 where there was no longer a bound out in fair territory and the first tossed pitch was never called. Although George ‘Blackjack’ Pappas was outwitted by Resolutes Captain Paul ‘Quickstep’ Salomone in the bat toss that would be the last misfire by the Atlantics that day. Five aces tallied in the first inning followed by seven more in the second. In fact the Atlantics scored in every inning except the eighth leading to a 41-4 victory.
 
Wildhorse pitched the second game and had four hits alongside Greg ‘Hawk’ Dengel, and Sean ‘Toothpick’ Ness. But four others managed to swing their lumber even better as Blackjack, Dreambucket, Flash and Richard ‘Fingers’ Effinger all accumulated five hits in this game.
 
Next week the Atlantics travel down to Maryland and Delaware where they will take on some of the best teams in the Mid-Atlantic region. On Saturday they will play the Lewes Base Ball Club and Milford Excelsiors, while on Sunday they will play the Diamond State Base Ball Club and the Fairplays Base Ball Club of Talbot where they will commemorate one of Talbots fallen leaders ‘Curly’.

MAVBBL Clubs in Cooperstown

Teams from four states converged near the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York this weekend on the grounds of the Ommegang Brewery.
Celebrating the history of base ball and the launch of Ommegangs new brew, the ‘Cooperstown Ale’, brought many a base ballist from near and far.
The games began with the Keystone Base Ball Club from Harrisburg Pennsylvania lining up against the hosting Atlantics who organized the games.

Keystone struck first scoring two aces in the first and one in the second to take a three run lead.  The Atlantic offense though slow to wake, once stirred was relentless as the boys from Brooklyn scored 14 aces in the match.
Keystone scored two more in the fourth inning and one in the seventh inning but would fall to the score of 14-6.
In support of Atlantic pitcher, Ed ‘Pigtail’ Elmore, Dean ‘Dreambucket’ Emma and Billy ‘Goat’ Kowalczyk had three hits each while Tim ‘Ducky’ Keenan, Richard ‘Cuz’ Baruso, Anthony ‘Dirty Pirate’ Cannino, Sean ‘Toothpick’ Ness, Kevin ‘Flash’ Harrison and Pigtail himself had two hits each.
 
The second Atlantic match was against the Lewes Base Ball Club from Delaware who had just defeated the Flemington Neshanock in a close match 16-14.
The Atlantics scored first but Lewes answered back with two in the first to take the lead. Not to be outdone, the Atlantics put up three aces in the second and two more in the third inning to take the lead and extend it.

The Lewes boys battled back though scoring 9 more aces throughout the game including three in the final frame but would fall to the Atlantics 14-11.
The Dirty Pirate came up big in this match with four hits, followed by Matt ‘Krawler’ Kouyoumdjian and Flash with three hits each.
Rounding out the Atlantic onslaught was Richard ‘Fingers’ Effinger, Cuz, Ducky, Pigtail, Dreambucket and Toothpick with two hits a piece.
Pigtail celebrated his second victory of the day with a freshly poured beverage from the brewery.
 
The next day, in a game Flemington Captain Brad ‘Brooklyn’ Shaw swore he would win, the Neshanock of New Jersey took on the Atlantics of Brooklyn.
Backing their captain the Neshanock struck early scoring three aces in the first enroute to eight runs over the first four innings.
No slouches at the plate either, the Atlantics put up eight of their own aces in an equal number of innings.

The Neshanock scored twice more off the Atlantic defense as George ‘Wildhorse’ Ferchland came in to relieve Pigtail’s arm between the pitching lines.
With victory within sight, the Neshanock could not hold on as the Atlantics scored five tallies in the bottom of the fifth and another run in the sixth.
But with four more aces of their own it was a tie game in the seventh inning when the Atlantic bats kept up the pressure scoring the final five tallies of the game and taking the lead 19-14.
Wildhorse earned the victory while Fingers, Toothpick, the Dirty Pirate and Dreambucket each contributed three hits to the Atlantic arsenal this game.
 
The final match for the Atlantics was against the Keystone club again and Frank ‘Hammy’ Obidienzo made his first pitching appearance at the event.
The teams traded aces in the first inning, while the Atlantics scored eight more over the next four innings as they held the Keystone club from scoring.

The Keystone club was not done yet however, they scored one in the sixth to the Atlantics three, but then followed that with one more in the seventh, six in the eighth and two more in the ninth inning to be within one run.

Time ran out for the boys from Harrisburg and the Atlantics sealed the weekend sweep winning by the score of 12-11.
Hammy recorded his first victory of the season, and was helped by some fine defense.  Wildhorse, Billy Goat, Toothpick, Dreambucket and the Dirty Pirate each backed up Hammy with two hits.