Philadelphia Runs to Top of Standings, C&P Split


The Athletic BBC of Philadelphia won its season opener for the first time in the 21st century by downing the visiting Brandywine Base Ball Club of West Chester 12-6 in Fairmount Park on Sunday.  Coupled with a 10-6 victory over the Chester County seaters to gain the sweep, the Athletic finds itself in first place in the MAVBBL and the Federal Conference.  A great day of base ball was enjoyed by all on Jackie Robinson day in the City of Brotherly Love.


The Potomac Nine of Washington and the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore got together to celebrate opening day in the Capitol Conference as well as the League opener for both.  In two well played matches, the Nine from the Nation’s Capital took the first game 20-8 and then the Chessies took the night cap in a squeaker, 15-13.


The Lewes Base Ball Club welcomed the Rising Sun BBC from Cecil County with a pair of matches at the Verdun Center in Lewes, Delaware.  It was the first match of the year for the visitors and it showed as Lewes jumped on the out of towners from Maryland 29-15.  In the second game Lewes won 20-7 to take a share of first place in the MAVBBL and the Federal Conference.


The Brooklyn Atlantics rolled to 2 easy victories Saturday in Ringwood, New Jersey.  In the first match, they downed the New York Mutuals 33-7 before disposing of the Hoboken Nine 16-5.  The Mutuals will be hosting the New York/New Jersey Cup on April 26 at Old Bethpage Restoration Village.

MAVBBL Starts Up Again


The Mid Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League got started on its 6th season at three sites this past weekend:  at Smithtown, Elkton and Hoboken.  Up in Smithtown, 3 long time rivals got together in the Flemington Neshanock, Elizabeth Resolutes and host Brooklyn Atlantics.  In the first match of the day, the Resolutes jumped all over the Neshanock and won the first game of the year 21-4  The Elizabeths came right back with another convincing 12-7 victory over the host Atlantics.  Brooklyn then dealt Flemington its second straight loss 26-1 to end the day.

Meanwhile down in Elkton, Maryland the host Eclipse entertained its longtime friend and rival the Talbot Fair Plays.  Outings between the 2 clubs always ends in something interesting and this day was no different.  In the first game, Elkton jumped all over the Fair Plays to go out to a 24-1 lead before Talbot plated 11 runs in the 9th before finally sucuming to the 3rd hand dead and losing the first match 24-12.  The second match went much better from the visitors from Talbot County as they jumped out to a small lead and finally went up 10-7 in the 6th.  Elkton pecked away at the lead until there were 2 hands dead in the 9th and the score was 10-9.  Elkton was able to get the tying run across the plate in the 9th and then whitewashing Talbot in the 10th before getting the winning run the 10th to sweep the day.

The Diamond State Base Ball Club kicked off their 2014 campaign with a trip to Jersey City, NJ for a pair of matches against the Hoboken Nine. A steady wind whipped around the field and caused excitement for the fielders on both sides.

In the first game, the host club jumped out to an early advantage by tallying seven aces in their first turns at bat. However, the Diamond State strikers came alive quickly with a resounding second inning that saw 18 tallies fill the tallykeeper’s ledger. Despite a strong effort by their opponents, powerful striking and skillful running of the bases allowed the Delaware nine to maintain a comfortable lead for the remainder of the game, finishing with a victory by the final tally of 33-17. The Diamond State club was lead at the striker’s line by Boots with 6 hits. Boots, Buzz and Lobo each smacked home runs.

The second match had the makings of a much closer affair, as the two sides traded the advantage back and forth through their first several innings. However, the Diamond States were able to mount a strong rally in the middle innings to take a double-digit advantage that they were able to maintain for the 27-17 victory. The Blue and Black’s performance was buoyed by 6 hits (including 3 triples) from Blackbart and home runs from Split and El Jefe.

Finally, down on the lower Delaware Shore, the Lewes Base Ball Club started its season off on the right foot with a pair of victories over the Brandywine BBC of West Chester 31-10 and 22-12.


In Memoriam

The Elkton Eclipse lost one of its former players this past week. Alberto “Taco” Soto who played on the club from 2009 until 2011 before joining the US Air Force lost his brief battle with cancer. He was 25. Below is his obituary.

Alberto Soto, 25, of Oxford, passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 after a short battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Sherry (Madonna) Soto.

Born in Lancaster, Alberto was son of Wanda Soto of Landenburg and Jose Soto of Nottingham.

Alberto was active duty with the United States Air Force. He had been stationed at Dover, DE from June 2012 until December 2013.

He is survived, in addition to his wife and parents, by his three children: Veronika, Kristi and Nathon, all of Oxford; his sister, Nancy Neese of Camden, De., and his foster brothers and sisters, Carrie, Kurt, Ryan and Brian Naus.

The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11 AM at the Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main St., Parkesburg, followed by interment in the Oxford Cemetery. The viewing will be held from 10 until 11 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation, P.O. Box 33, Oxford, Pa. 19363 or to

Online condolences can be posted at

6th Annual Presidents Meeting This Weekend

The MAVBBL will hold its 6th annual Presidents and Scheduling Meeting this Sunday, January 5th in Philadelphia, PA at 1pm.

At the annual meeting all of the full member clubs as well as prospective member clubs, Presidents and team representatives get together after not seeing each other for months to reconnect and go over items for the upcoming season.  At this meeting, most clubs round out their schedule as well.  In a scene reminesent of Wall Street, all of the clubs scramble to put together their schedules for the year and the whole process is done in about 15 minutes.  Before the scheduling section though, the Presidents are hard at work ironing out issues that may have occured in 2013 and what should happen in 2014.  Typical issues in the past have included safety, historical accuracy, approval of vendors, equipment, and even rule enterpretations.  This year with so many new clubs coming on board in the last year or two, it looks to be a little longer as the goal is to make sure that each club is in sync with all the others in the league as far as rules and customs. 

If you are interested in starting a club contact us before Saturday so we can get you on the invite list.  All members of each full time club are welcomed however there will only be 2 seats directly at the table for each club but we can set up seats behind your representatives if more are coming.  Each club regardless of the size of their delegation gets 1 vote in club matters.

2 New Clubs Join MAVBBL for 2014

The Mid Atlantic Vintage Base Ball Club is pleased to announce the addition of 2 more clubs to the Federal (Eastern) Conference.  The Minerva Base Ball Club of Bridgeton, New Jeresey actually started playing a couple of games at the end of the 2013 season and is all set to compete in 2014.  The Minerva is a re-start of the actual club that played in the 1860s and competed against first class clubs in Philadelphia.  It was started by an insurance group in the 1860s and the same company has restarted the 21st century edition.  The  Mohican Base Ball Club of Kennett Square is already to compete in the League as well in 2014.  The Mohican Club will be the 2nd Club in Chester County and like the Brandyines, they are modeled after one of the most successful amateur clubs in southeastern Pennsylvania.  The Mohicans had several players play in the Major Leagues including Herb Pennock, the Hall of Fame pitcher for the famous 1927 Yankees and General Manager of the Phillies.

Both clubs are now available for scheduling and look forward to a very successful 2014 campaign.  They join the Providence Grays from Rhode Island as new entries in to the MAVBBL for 2014.  Stay tuned for even more announcements about future clubs right here!

Rising Sun Ends First Year on Positive Note

Calvert, MD–The freshmen from Rising Sun welcomed the Philadelphia Athletics to Brick Meetinghouse on a beautiful day for baseball. The boys from Brick Meetinghouse also welcomed back The Cisco Kid Brian Lighthill after he tore his deltoid in the Maryland State Tournament. The boys from Brick Meetinghouse were down 9 in the first and foyght back to take the win in the bottom of the ninth. Due ro the length of game one and the late hour rhe gentlemen agreed to a truncated game 2. The Rising Sun club got up early and stayed on top throughout to take game 2.
Greg Banker Rodenbaugh picked up the wins. Doug Easy Uhde was the ballist of the day. He was never put and scored the winning run in game on with a steal of home.  In the first game Rising Sun won 19-18 and 14-5 in the nightcap.

Elkton Sweeps Strasburg RR Tournaments

Stasburg, PA–The Elkton Eclipse found a second home as they once again found big success at the Strasburg Rail Road Tournament.  The Eclipse won the Spring Tournament back in May and looked to do the same in the October event featuring the 2013 MAVBBL champion Milford Excelsiors, West Chester Brandywines, Harrisburg Keystones and the Eclipse.  In the first semi final game, Milford downed Harrisburg while Elkton downed West Chester 32-4 in the other match.  This set up a match between Elkton and the Excelsiors.  They had only met one time this year with the Excelsiors posting 8 runs in the first and winning by 4in August.

Elkton made sure this time around it was not much of a contest as it won 24-9 to take home the Fall Strasburg RR Cup.  A special thanks to the Strasburg Rail Road for a great day of vintage base ball and one that we hope is repeated in 2014.


The Mutuals played their final game of the season against the Atlantics yesterday.  After the first game (Atlantics 20, Mutuals 4), we decided to make the second game a mixed pick 9, dividing up the Mutuals and Atlantics and playing simply for the fun of playing.  I proposed this idea to the Atlantics and they accepted.  I thought it would be a good show of unity and camaraderie in the vintage base ball community.  And in the end, just be a fun game and get back to the basics of why we all do this,  just like most of us did when we were younger, we would go to the park with our friends, divide the teams and play for the fun of it.  It was a great way to end the season.

Perhaps other clubs in the MAVBBL will consider doing the same!