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, 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!
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!
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.
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…