The MAVBBL enjoyed its 4th season in 2012 with more clubs than ever before. As 19th Century base ball booms along the east coast, the MAVBBL has stepped out to be the leader and leading authority on what base ball was like in the 1860s by showing how the New York and Philadelphia game was played along with rural outreaches in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Clubs from New York to Virginia competed all season long and enjoyed another very successful campaign.
In the Union (Northern) Conference, the New York Gothams surprised everyone and tied the mighty Atlantics in conference wins but were squeeked out by Brooklyn as the defending champs only had 2 loses in conference to the Gothams 4. In the Federal (Eastern) Conference, the Elkton Eclipse won its 4th straight conference title by one game over the Diamond State BBC of Delaware with a 8-2 mark to Delaware’s 7-3 record. The Talbot Fair Plays were a perfect 11-0 to win the Capitol (Southern) Conference for the 3rd straight year.
After several attempts at holding a league championship tournament, the clubs were unable to come to a mutually agreeable site and date. This problem was remedied quite quickly for the 2013 Tournament that will take place in Allentown, New Jersey on October 5, 2013. Overall, the Elkton Eclipse had the best winning percentage with an .861 clip, while the Atlantics finished second with an .818 mark. Talbot came in 3rd with a .778 win record while Delaware finished with a .750 mark to take 4th. Other clubs that finished over the .500 mark included the Chesapeake City Cecils, the Mechanicsburg Nine, and the Old Dominion Base Ball Club of Virginia.
The MAVBBL looks forward to another successful season in 2013!