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 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 at GettysburgBaseBallFestival dot com. 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!
On Saturday afternoon, June 21, an overcast day with occasional sprinkles, the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore hosted the Arundel Excelsior BBC 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 BBC 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!
Elkton, MD– The first midweek 19th century 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.
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’.
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.
Not everything the MAVBBL does is on the field. Besides showing the public what base ball was really like in the mid 19th century, member clubs also educate the public about the history of the game and its evolution. Teaching 2,000 school children on a weekday in May is no exception and that’s just what the Brooklyn Atlantics, Brooklyn Eckfords, Hoboken Nine, Flemington Neshanock, and Providence Grays did.
The Atlantic Base Ball Club headed back to their roots in Brooklyn to show over 2000 school children what baseball was like in the 19th century at MCU Park. With the help of other teams in the New York City area, the Atlantics put on a presentation demonstrating how the game evolved, which was followed by three exhibition matches. Students learned how the rules and game changed by seeing what baseball was like in 1864, 1873 and 1884. “
Also, check out two of our Southern clubs, the Potomac Nine and the Talbot Fair Plays as they show off for some modern invention called television…
The Atlantics traveled to the territory of Western New Jersey to take on the Flemington Neshanock in a town called Chester. The town was having an anniversary celebration and as their guests the Neshanock and Atlantics paraded down Main Street through the town to Boro Field.
The crafty Neshanock borrowed Charles ‘Bugs’ Klasman from the New York Gothams to pitch against the Atlantics but while he pitched valiantly he would receive no support from their bats.
Ed ‘Pigtail’ Elmore tossed the sphere for the Atlantics and was backed by some fine defensive efforts behind him. Matt ‘Krawler’ Kouyoumdjian was on his toes behind the dish making some nice diving grabs of foul balls. The rare vintage double play happened on a fly ball to center caught by Sean ‘Toothpick’ Ness who relayed to Dean ‘Dreambucket’ Emma who short-hopped Krawler just in time to place the tag on a Flemington runner and seal the shutout.
The Atlantic offense went on a tear as Richer ‘Finger’ Effinger, Anthony ‘Willy Mo’ Stelmach, and Pigtail all had three hits each while Anthony ‘Dirty Pirate’ Cannino, Dreambucket, Krawler and Vincent ‘Tuna’ Aurora all had two hits as well.
The final tally showed the Atlantics leading by the score of 14 aces to none.
The second match began much the same way, this time with Illinois of the Neshanock facing off against Tuna of the Atlantics.
The Neshanock offense was again no match for the sure hands of the gentlemen from Brooklyn, holding the men from Jersey scoreless into the last inning.
With a nine run lead by Brooklyn and the final inning approaching a Neshanock rounded the bases.
The small victory was short lived as with a runner on third base, the next batter hit a grounder to Willy Mo near the bag who quickly tossed the sphere across the diamond to Kevin ‘Flash’ Harrison at first, who then relayed the ball home to Krawler just in time to tag the last Neshanock out. A double-play to end the game!
Dreambucket led the Atlantics with three hits, while Greg ‘Hawk’ Dengel, Toothpick, and Fingers each had two hits.
Rookie Richard ‘Cuz’ Baruso roped a triple and scored his ace as well as finely patroling the grass in rightfield.