Milford Claims 2013 MAVBBL Crown

Harrington, DE– The Excelsior Base Ball Club of Milford captured the 2013 MAVBBL title this past weekend to backup its regular season title.  9 clubs gathered in southern Delaware for a chance to take home this year’s championship, but in the end, the club with the best record came away with a tougher than expected title.

The story of the weekend was the #6 Diamond State Base Ball Club of Delaware who had to go through 3 of the best clubs in the Country if they were going to win the championship and they came within 1 run of doing just that.  In their quarterfinal, they stymied the #3 seed Eclipse from Elkton 9-3 holding the usually powerful Elkton club to just 6 hits.  This set up a match with the #2 seed and perennial power, the Atlantic of Brooklyn.  The Atlantics were no match though for the Diamond State Club though as Delaware routed the Atlantics 13-3.  In the championship though, Delaware just couldn’t produce quite enough runs and their run ended to Milford 4-3.  The Excelsiors captured their first league title in their first year.

Games that weekend included Elizabeth downing West Chester to play Brooklyn.  Brooklyn won that match 8-4 to set up its semi final against Delaware.  #5 Lewes defeated #4 Talbot to go to the other semi final against Milford who downed Washington in its first round game.  Milford shut out Lewes to get to the championship.  In the 3rd place game, Brooklyn downed Lewes 17-12.

A big thanks to the clubs who came down for the tournament and thank you to Milford and Harrington for hosting this year’s event.  The 2014 MAVBBL Championship Tournament will be in Old Bethpage at the home of the NY Mutuals.

MAVBBL Championship Tournament This Weekend

The Mid Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League’s 2013 Championship Tournament will take place October 5 and 6 in Harrington, Delaware.  The number one seed and host of this year’s event is the Milford Excelsiors.  The Southern Delaware Base Ball Club will be hosting 9 other clubs this weekend in a celebration of the MAVBBL.  The action starts at noon on Saturday with Philadelphia playing Washington and West Chester taking on Elizabeth.  At 2pm Lewes plays Talbot while Milford takes on the winner of the Washington/Philadelphia game.  Finally, Brooklyn plays the winner of the Elizabeth/West Chester game.  At 4pm, in the last quarterfinal the Diamond State BBC of Delaware plays the Elkton Eclipse.  The semi finals are the next day at noon followed by the championship and 3rd place games at 2pm.  There’s still a chance to see all your favorite clubs all weekend though as there will be a festival of teams playing as they bow out of the tournament. 

The event will take place at Browns Branch County Park right off Killen’s Pond Road.  Take Route 1 south past the Dover Air Force base to Milford.  Where Rt 1 splits at 113, bare right on to Rt 113 to the 5th red light, turn west on to Milford Harrington Pkwy .  Follow 5 miles to Killens Pond Road.  Browns Branch is 1 mile on the left.

Mutuals Down Atlantics

The Mutuals defeated the Atlantics today 10-6 in an 1884 base ball game at OBVR.  Tiger pitched the team to victory, striking out 18 and keeping the Atlantics bats silent most of the game.  He also helped himself out, hitting leadoff and going 3-5 and scoring 2 runs.  And earning him a well deserved game ball. 

The Mutuals opened the game with a 2 run lead and added another in the top of the third.  After 5, the Mutuals were ahead 3-2.  The Atlantics scored 2 in the bottom of the 6th to take a 4-3 lead.  The resilient Mutuals answered in the top of the 7th with 4 runs.  Dirt put the team ahead with a base hit to right, scoring Pickles and General and the Mutuals never looked back.  In the top of the 9th, 3 more runs were scored, putting the Atlantics down by 5 in the bottom of the 9th.  The Atlantics scored 1.  Tiger struck out the last 2 batters to shut them down and secure the win.

Chessies Capture Inaugural Optimist Club Vintage Base Ball Tournament

On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore captured the Inaugural Optimist Club of Occuquan, Woodbridge, and Neabsco (O.W.N.) Vintage Base Ball Tournament, held at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium (home of the Potomac Nationals) in Woodbridge, VA.
The Chesapeakes defeated the O.W.N. Optimists in the opener, 21-3, and held on the beat the Old Dominions in the championship match, 7-6.  (The Old Dominions defeated the Potomac Nine to set up the championship context.)  More details on the matches to follow in a separate message.

MAVBBL Festival and Championship Tournament Announced

The MAVBBL announced the site of the 2013 Championship Tournament and Festival which will take place on October 5th and 6th.  The Excelsior BBC of Milford will be the hosts of this year’s edition. It will take place at Brown’s Branch County Park, in Harrington, Delaware.  At least 12 clubs will be participating in this year’s event which will be the first open championship tournament in the history of the MAVBBL.  Previously, the tournament was the division champions and 3 wild card clubs.  Seedings for the tournament will be based on club’s individual overall winning percentage for the year.  As clubs lose, they go over to the Festival where they will likely play clubs they have not seen this year.  More details to follow for this  year’s event.

Next year’s Tournament and Festival will take place at Old Bethpage Restoration Village on Long Island next October.  The 2015 location will be announced later this year.

Elkton Wins 6th State Championship


The Eclipse BBC of Elkton traveled down to Easton for  the 7th Annual Maryland State Championship Tournament.  4 clubs participated on a fine day for 19th Century Base Ball including the Rising Sun BBC, the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore and the host Talbot Fair Plays.  In the semi final matches, Talbot jumped out to a 17-0 lead over Chesapeake before cruising to a 21-4 win.  The other semi final was much the same as Elkton jumped out to an 11-0 lead after 2 innings and won easily over Rising Sun 19-5.

This set up a very familiar final to those who watch the Maryland State tournaments.  The host Fair Plays would once again face the Eclipse for the 6th time in 7 years.  Talbot has made it to the finals 6 of the 7 years.  The Fair Plays jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first but Elkton came back with 2 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd to go up 4-2.  Talbot would add a run in the 5th and Elkton came back with one of their own to go up 5-3.  Elkton would score 2 more before Talbot chipped away at the lead until it was 7-6  Elkton going in to the 9th.  Scott “Tin Can” Martino led off the 9th inning with a double to start the last frame.  A foul out and then a pop out centerfield moved the Talbot runner to third base and with the tying run just 90 feet away, Elkton’s Tom “Schoolboy” Duffy got the batter to pop out to the star of the game for Elkton Ryan “Spark” Minsker to preserve the 7-6 victory and give Elkton the title once again for the 6th time in 7 years.

In the consolation game, Rising Sun downed Chesapeake 8-7 as Chesapeake rallied to have the tying run on 3rd with 2 outs in the 9th, but Greg “Banker” Rodenbaugh got Joe “Commodore” Stanik to line out to 3rd to preserve the victory for Rising Sun.


The Atlantics welcomed the Elizabeth Resolutes for a pair of matches at Atlantic Park this Sunday.  The first match would be played according to 1864 rules.  Elizabeth won the bat toss and elected to take the field first.  Atlantic and Resolute traded a run over the first three innings before Atlantic jumped out ahead with a 4-run 4th on singles by Dirty Pirate, Shakespeare, Billy Goat, Blackjack, and Willy Mo.  Resolute got one back, but Atlantic scored 2 more in the 5th and 6th, then broke the game open with 12 runs in the 7th, highlighted by Dirty Pirate’s home run.  Single runs in the 8th and 9th added to the lead, while Resolute could only muster up one more run in its 9th.  Tuna went the distance to pick up the 23-3 victory.  Shakespeare, Billy Goat, and Willy Mo each had 3 hits for Atlantic.

The second match was played according to the rules of 1873, and again Resolute won the bat toss, electing to again send Atlantic to bat first.  Dirty Pirate, Shakespeare, and Dreambucket led off with hits to start the scoring, outfield flyouts getting the last 2 runs home.  Resolute answered with 2 runs.  Atlantic scored another run in the 3rd, and Resolute plated 2 runs to tie the game at 4.  As in the first game, Atlantic put up a 4-spot in the 4th to take the lead for good.  Resolute answered with 2 runs, the teams exchanged single runs in the 5th, Atlantic added another in its 6th, then erupted for 7 runs in the 7th as Resolute committed 4 errors to aid the Atlantic cause.  Three runs were added by each team in the final 2 innings, but the result was already ascertained, as Blackjack pitched Atlantic to a 20-10 victory.  Dreambucket and Blackjack each had 4 hits for Atlantic, both with a triple among their hits, while Dirty Pirate was perfect with 4 hits and a walk.  Butcher added 2 hits, including a monstrous triple that cleared the trees in right field.

Atlantic will take next week off to make an appearance at the Smithtown Fair, displaying its 19th century equipment and letting the youngsters take swings against the Atlantics in the field

Atlantic Sweeps Gotham

In a rematch from last weekend the New York Gothams, supported by a contingent of local ball players, took on the Atlantic Base Ball Club at the Smithtown Historical Society on Saturday. Pitching for the Gothams was Captain Rafael ‘Wickets’ Garcia while the lines were manned by Vincent ‘Tuna’ Aurora for the Atlantics. The matches were arbitrated by the umpire Ed ‘Pigtail’ Elmore.
This humid day began with the Gothams scoring in both the first and second innings to take a two ace lead. The Atlantic batters struck back with one ace in the third, four more in the fourth, and three more in the fifth inning to take the lead. It was singles by Sean ‘Toothpick’ Ness, Frank ‘Shakespeare’ Van Zant, Kevin ‘Flash’ Harrison followed by a triple from George ‘Wildhorse’ Ferchland to put the Atlantics ahead for good in the the fourth inning.
While it took singles by Tuna, Michael ‘Lip’ Tangel, Anthony ‘Dirty Pirate’ Cannino, followed by a double from Toothpick to go up by five runs in the fifth inning. Shakespeare led the Atlantics with three hits and an ace, while the Dirty Pirate, Toothpick and Flash each had two hits a piece. Tuna took home the 9-4 victory.
After a short recess a second match began with the Atlantic bats striking first and striking hard. Hits by Shakespeare, Flash, Wildhorse, Greg ‘Hawk’ Dengel, ‘Tricky’ Rick Stattler and Tuna got the Atlantics off to a quick five ace lead and they would need every one of them. The Gothams responded with two of their own, but the Atlantics struck again scoring another ace in the second to take a lead of 6 tallies to 2.
Then the defense got tight and neither team could generate much offense as both teams were whitewashed for the next few innings. The Atlantics scored in spurts and took a 9-2 advantage into the bottom of the eighth inning but the Manhattanites weren’t calling it quits yet. Four tallies on a combination of hits and errors in the bottom of the eighth brought the score to 9-6 and three more in the bottom of the ninth inning tied the game. With the winning run on third base with two outs for the Gothams a line drive to rightfield was caught by George ‘Blackjack’ Pappas to send it to extra innings.
There the Atlantic lineup took care of business as the Dirty Pirate singled and Toothpick hit his third double of the game. This was quickly followed by Flash’s single and Wildhorse reaching on an error. Anthony ‘Willy Mo’ Stelmach and Hawk both singled and suddenly the Atlantics were back up by four runs.
Despite scoring seven aces the last two innings the Gothams could not plate another ace and the Atlantics took the second game 13-9. Toothpick, Shakespeare and Flash led the Atlantic offense with three hits each, while Hawk struck two hits and an ace.